Babar Azam celebrates after scoring fifty during the fourth ODI match in Karachi on Friday. AP
The 28-year-old beat South African Hashim Amla's record when he took a single to reach 19 during Pakistan's innings after they were sent in to bat by New Zealand. This is Azam's 97th innings in 99 one-day internationals, improving on Amla's feat of reaching the milestone in 101 innings from 104 matches.
South Africa's Amla scored 5,000 runs in 101 innings, while West Indian legend Vivian Richards and India's Virat Kohli scored these runs in 114 innings.
Last year Babar Azam narrowly missed equalling Amla's record for fastest 4,000 ODI runs in 81 innings.
Azam has been the number one batter on the International Cricket Council's rankings for ODIs for the last two years.
He is the 14th Pakistani to complete 5,000 or more runs in ODI cricket, with former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq at the top of the list with 11,701 runs.
The unassuming Azam made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in his hometown of Lahore in May 2015.
He is also the only batter to twice score consecutive hundreds in three ODIs, having achieved the feat in 2016 and 2022.Agence France-Presse
Pakistan, who won the first two matches by five and seven wickets respectively in Rawalpindi, took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
The final match of the series marks Pakistan skipper Babar Azam's 100th ODI in a glorious career which began in 2015.
Despite that and defeat in the final match on Sunday, Azam was in buoyant mood. "Winning the series is great and so is achieving number one ranking that has set us in a good position for the World Cup," said the skipper.
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