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Shoaib Malik shines on ODI return, enthralls spectators with superb ton

Pakistani all-rounder Shoaib Malik marked his ODI return with a superb hundred against Zimbabwe at Gaddafi Stadium on Tuesday.

Shoaib Malik shines on ODI return, enthralls spectators with superb ton

New Delhi: Pakistani all-rounder Shoaib Malik marked his ODI return with a superb hundred against Zimbabwe at Gaddafi Stadium on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old, slammed his 8th ODI ton off mere 70 balls, laced with 12 boundaries and two sixes.

The right-hander came to the crease after the fall of Pakistan's first wicket in the form of Azhar Ali.

Malik made his intentions clear quite early in the innings when he launched Sikandar Raza for six over long off.

The veteran kept hitting boundaries at regular intervals to maintain a good strike rate. In the second ball of the penultimate over of the innings, he ran three runs to reach the three-figure mark.

It's his fastest ODI ton, the second fastest on the ground. The record for the fastest century is against the name of Ijaz Ahmed, who scored a ton off just 68 balls.

Riding on Malik's fine ton, Pakistan put up a mammoth total of 375 in front of Zimbabwe.

The Sialkot-born played his last ODI against arch-rivals India at Birmingham, June 15, 2013.  

After the superb ton Malik's better half Sania Mirza took to micro blogging site Twitter to share her feelings.