Cricket is a sport of partnership. A generous partnership brings or breaks the game. It is what provides stability and, later, momentum to the scoring. In this blog post, we are exploring some of the top 10 highest partnerships in ODI cricket. It is incredible how scoring probabilities have shifted over the years and how even associations are striking out the 350-run mark as the top two partnerships in this list would imply.
We will discuss the top 10 highest partnerships in ODI Cricket.
- 372 – the highest partnership between Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, West Indies Vs. Zimbabwe
- 365 – John Campbell and Shai Hope, West Indies Vs. Ireland
- 331 – Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, India Vs. New Zealand
- 318 – Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, India Vs. Sri Lanka
- 304 – Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq, Pakistan Vs. Zimbabwe
- 292 – Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das, Bangladesh Vs. Zimbabwe
- 286 – Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka Vs. England
- 284 – David Warner and Travis Head, Australia Vs. Pakistan
- 282* – Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla, South Africa Vs. Bangladesh
- 282 – Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan took part in the Sri Lanka Vs. Zimbabwe
The top two partnerships concern the West Indians. India and Sri Lanka also accentuate twice on this record, whereas Pakistan, Bangladesh, Australia, and South Africa contribute at least once. All the leading subcontinent cricket teams are involved in this list. Rahul Dravid and Upul Tharanga are the only batsmen playing up twice. All partnerships except for two of them – one each from Sri Lanka and South Africa – have occurred in the first innings. Locking a pair of Indian associations, all others were set in the 21st century.
Let us find more details about teams and players included in the top 10 highest partnerships in ODI Cricket.
Highest partnerships in ODI Cricket
372 – The highest partnership between Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, West Indies Vs. Zimbabwe
372 is the most significant partnership achievement rendered in ODIs for any wicket, and West Indies had the ownership to be a part of it. It was the tournament between West Indies and Zimbabwe in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in which Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels reported this status for the 2nd wicket. The partnership continued until the last over, and they both halted the bowling lineup. Gayle achieved 215 runs from 147 balls with 16 big sixes, and Samuel benefited him with the knock of 133 runs with 11 fours and three sixes.
365 – The highest partnership between John Campbell and Shai Hope, West Indies Vs. Ireland
The 365-run stand between West Indies’ John Campbell and Shai Hope against Ireland in 2019 is the other highest partnership in ODI Cricket and the highest opening partnership. It is the second time that West Indian batters were included in the record list after achieving such a significant amount for the 1st wicket. While settling this score on the board, John Campbell took advantage of a superb knock of 179 runs while Shai Hope marked 170 runs. Both batsmen were on the crease until the 48th over of the tournament and supported the team to put a significant sum on the board.
331 run partnership between Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, India Vs. New Zealand
The 331-run partnership between Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid had prevailed as the highest partnership for the 2nd wicket until the record was halted by the West Indian duo in 2015. Sachin and Dravid achieved 331 runs for the 2nd wicket against New Zealand in 1999. They destroyed New Zealand’s bowlers with a great thump by both batsmen. Sachin made 186 runs with 20 fours and stayed not out in the match, while Dravid marked 153 runs with 15 fours. With the comfort of this great partnership, India organized to win against New Zealand by 174 runs.
318 runs partnership between Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, India Vs. Sri Lanka
Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid knocked the Sri Lankan bowlers to score 318 runs during the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1999. They positioned themselves in the list book by achieving a high score for the 2nd wicket, which has stayed 4th of the top 10 highest partnerships in ODIs. Left-handed batsman Sourav Ganguly earned 183 runs from 158 balls with seven sixes. To support him, Rahul Dravid marked 145 runs from 129 runs with 17 fours. After settling a massive total on the board, India prohibited Sri Lanka and defeated the match by 157 runs.
304 run partnership between Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq, Pakistan Vs. Zimbabwe
Pakistan’s entrance pair Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq struggled to put 304 runs on the board, which has since stood the second-highest partnership for the opening wicket and the 5th one overall top 10. They marked this massive total against Zimbabwe in 2018. Fakhar Zaman came to be the first Pakistani batsman to achieve a double century as he kept 210 runs while Imam-ul-Haq scored a century, 113 runs, before being expelled in the 42nd over of the match.
292 run partnership between Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das, Bangladesh Vs. Zimbabwe
Bangladeshi batters were involved in this list of the highest partnerships for their achievement against Zimbabwe in 2020. Tamil Iqbal and Liton Das broke Zimbabwean bowlers to mark a massive stand of 292 runs for the entrance wicket, the highest partnership among Bangladeshi performers. This opening partnership supported the team to defeat the match by 123 runs via DLS. While setting the total on the board, Das achieved 176 from 143 balls, which is also the most incredible score for Bangladesh in ODIs, while Tamim brought 158.
286 run partnership between Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka Vs. England
Sri Lankan opening set keeps up the record for the 7th-highest partnership in ODI cricket. Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya took the 1st wicket, scoring 286 runs against England in the Natwest series 2006. The two broke the English bowlers and supported the team to run a total on the board quickly, winning against England by eight wickets. Tharanga achieved 109 runs from 102 balls with 14 fours, and Jayasuriya took advantage of a quick thump of 152 runs from 99 balls with 20 fours and four sixes.
284 run partnership between David Warner and Travis Head, Australia Vs. Pakistan
David Warner and Travis Head provided the 8th-highest opening form of 284 runs against Pakistan in 2017. They broke 284 runs for the opening wicket, the most significant opening partnership ever set by Australia’s players. Warner organized to make 179 runs, and Head managed to make 128 runs. Their innings finished up with 369 runs from 50 overs, and Australia successfully defeated the match against Pakistan by 57 runs.
282 run partnership between Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla, South Africa Vs. Bangladesh
South Africa’s opening pair Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla made a 282-run stand, the 9th-highest opening stand in ODI setup. This is the only South African set on the top-10 list. The partnership supported the team quickly, chasing down the mark, and Africa beat Bangladesh with ten wickets. De Kock scored 168*, and Amla took advantage of a knock of 110*.
282 run partnership between Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sri Lanka Vs. Zimbabwe
The second Sri Lankan pair comprising the top 10 highest partnerships in ODI Cricket scored 282 runs against Zimbabwe in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. Tharanga achieved 133 runs from 141 balls, while Dilshan broke 139 runs in 129 deliveries. The partnership supported the team to maintain an easy win against Zimbabwe in their World Cup campaign.
Partnerships render or smash a cricket match. They are so unhappy for the opposition that they eventually just come out, giving away too many runs. That is why most of these partnerships are so big. Here’s a quick summary of the top 10 highest partnerships in ODI cricket.