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Stats Analysis

First ton by a Pakistan captain in a successful chase

Stats highlights from the second ODI between Pakistan and Zimbabwe in Lahore

Shiva Jayaraman
Azhar Ali takes the aerial route, Pakistan v Zimbabwe, 2nd ODI, Lahore, May 29, 2015

Azhar Ali became the first Pakistan captain to make a century in a successful chase in ODIs.  •  AFP

1 Number of Pakistan batsmen to make four fifty-plus scores in their first-five ODIs as captain before Azhar Ali. Asif Iqbal had made 53, 59*, 61 and 51 in the first five of the six ODIs he captained Pakistan. Overall, Azhar is the fourth to captain to do this after Iqbal, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Eoin Morgan.
452 Runs made by Azhar in 14 ODIs before becoming Pakistan's captain. He had averaged 41.09 with four fifties. In his last five ODIs, Azhar has scored 390 runs at an average of 78.00, with two hundreds and two fifties. Azhar has been scoring his runs at a fair clip too: in his last-five ODIs, he has made his runs at a strike rate of 91.76 as opposed to 64.84 before that.
2 Number of Pakistan captains to make two ODI hundreds before Azhar Ali; Inzamam-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi also had two ODI hundreds each as captain from 87 and 38 games respectively. Including Azhar's hundred in this game, only 11 of the 170 ODI centuries by Pakistan have come from their captains. This was also the first ODI hundred by a Pakistan captain in a successful chase.
1 Number of hundreds made by Sikandar Raza in ODIs before this game. He had made a century against Afghanistan in 2014. Since then this was Raza's first fifty-plus score in 19 ODI innings. Raza has 839 runs at an average of 31.07 in ODIs.
2 Hundreds by Zimbabwe batsmen against Pakistan in 48 ODIs before this series. They have now hit two hundreds in their last-two ODIs against the hosts. Before Raza in this match, Elton Chigumbura had made a hundred in the first ODI of this series.
4 Number of consecutive ODIs in which Zimbabwe batsmen have got hundreds. Before Raza and Chigumbura in this series, Brendan Taylor had got hundreds in back-to-back games for Zimbabwe in the 2015 World Cup, against Ireland and India. This is the first time Zimbabwe have had hundreds from their batsmen in three or more consecutive ODIs.
50 Number of ODIs played by Zimbabwe against Pakistan, including this one. Pakistan are only the third team against whom Zimbabwe have played 50 or more ODIs. They have played 64 against Bangladesh and 57 against India.
0 Number of Zimbabwe batsmen to be dismissed on 99 in ODIs before Chamu Chibhabha in this match. This was Chibhabha's 11th fifty and his highest score in ODIs.
7 Number of ODI series Pakistan had lost in a row before this one. This is Pakistan's first series win since they beat Sri Lanka 3-2 in a five-match series in the UAE in December 2013.

Shiva Jayaraman is a senior sub editor (stats) at