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Pakistan's Imam-ul-Haq breaks Kapil Dev's 36-year-old batting record

Pakistani batsman Imam-ul-Haq broke a 36-year-old record set by India's legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev.

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New Delhi Published on: May 15, 2019 17:25 IST
Imam-ul-Haq's 151-run innings went in vain as Pakistan
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Imam-ul-Haq's 151-run innings went in vain as Pakistan suffered a six-wicket defeat.

Pakistani batsman Imam-ul-Haq broke a 36-year-old record set by Kapil Dev in the second ODI against England at Bristol yesterday.

The 23-year-old became the youngest batsman to go past 150 in an ODI innings - a record which was previously held by Kapil Dev. The former Indian all-rounder set the record during the World Cup game against Zimbabwe in 1983, where he smashed 175 at Turnbridge Wells.

However, despite Imam-ul-Haq's heroics, Pakistan failed to prevent the loss as England chased 359 with 5.1 overs to spare. Jonny Bairstow led the chase for the hosts, scoring 128 off 93 balls.

Imam-ul-Haq ended with a score of 151 in 131 balls, which included 16 fours and one six. However, except Asif Ali (52), no other Pakistan batsman managed to impress as much. While Haris Sohail scored run-a-ball 41, Imad Wasim scored a quick-fire 22 off 12 balls towards the closing stages of the game.

For England, Bairstow and Jason Roy forged a 159-run partnership for the first wicket. Joe Root (46), Ben Stokes (37) and Moeen Ali (46*) guided England to an easy win in the game.

While the first game of the five-match ODI series was washed out, both the matches saw the two sides going past 300 with relative ease, which has hinted at batsmen-friendly wickets for the World Cup.

The multi-nation tournament will begin on May 30, with England taking on South Africa in the opener. Interestingly, England will take on Pakistan in their second game of the World Cup on June 3.

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