Top 5 Highest Opening Partnership in ODIs – Best Opening Stands

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Highest Opening Partnership in ODIs

Opening partnerships define how the innings will span out, in most cases. In ODIs, when the team has to ideally keep their wickets safe for the entire 50 overs, having a solid opening partnership becomes even more crucial. With the advent of the T20s, batters have become more receptive and skilled against fast and spin bowling, and therefore there have been a lot of records being broken in recent times. Let us look at some of the most brutal and mesmerizing opening partnerships in ODI cricket. 

John Campbell and Shai Hope – 365 runs vs Ireland – May 5, 2019.

Highest Opening Partnership in ODIs
John Campbell and Shai Hope – Highest Opening Partnership in ODIs

At the time of writing, this record is still unbroken, and the match saw some of the most brutal hittings in ODI history. West Indies scored 381 in the entire innings and eventually won the match by 196 runs. The two openers, Shai Hope and John Campbell scored 170 and 179 respectively. This record was just 7 runs within the record for any wicket partnership in ODI cricket so far. The two openers started the innings cautiously by scoring 37 in the first ten overs. Then slowly they accelerated, by scoring 68, 80, 74 in the next ten overs and more than 100 runs in the last ten overs. With this total, West Indies were eight runs less than their record for the highest ODI total which they had achieved just a couple of months ago. The world cup at the time of this match was just a couple of months away, so this match and the innings provided much-needed confidence to the West Indies team. 

Imam Ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman – 304 runs vs Zimbabwe – 20 July 2018. 

Highest Opening Partnership in ODIs
Imam Ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman – Highest Opening Partnership in ODIs

This was easily one of the worst series Zimbabwe had ever played because with every match, they just kept performing poorer. This match was their rock bottom when the Pakistani openers hit a record 304 runs for the first wicket, and the team reached 399 in their allotted 50 overs. Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat first, and from the first ball, the openers were set to go. Fakhar Zaman scored a 210 not out, and he knocked this ton in just 156 runs. At the time of the match, he had become the eighth man to score 200 in an ODI inning. The partnership of 304 was made in just 42 overs and that was when Zimbabwe got their first breakthrough when Imam got out when attempting a slog. In response, Zimbabwe just hit 155 runs and overall the men in green won by 244 runs. 

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Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das – 292 runs vs Zimbabwe – March 6, 2020

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Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das – Highest Opening Partnership in ODIs

It was a night of records tumbling in Sylhet when Bangladesh recorded their highest partnership of 292 runs against the Zimbabwe side. The men in green took the match with a 123 run victory and they also clinched the series 3-0. Liton Das and Tamim Iqbal, both scored their hundreds, for the second time in the series. The two openers scored 176 and 128* respectively. When Das made this score, it was also the highest ODI score by any Bangladeshi player. The innings saw 14 sixes being hit by the Bangladeshi batsmen and overall, they took their team to a score of 322. Then due to the rain in the evening, seven overs were lost in the innings and Zimbabwe’s target was adjusted for 342. But their response to this humongous score never looked promising as they were bowled out in the 38th over scoring just 218. The innings were a perfect blend of brutal hitting and making calculated, silky shots. Liton Das took the latter approach whereas Tamim Iqbal took the former approach for the majority of his innings. 

Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya – 286 vs England – July 1, 2006

Highest Opening Partnership in ODIs
Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya – Highest Opening Partnership in ODIs

When England hit 321 in their innings, few of them tipped Sri Lanka to win the match. They did and did so in a brutal fashion. They clinched the ODI with the brilliant eight-wicket win with the opening partnership scoring a major chunk of their total required, at 286 runs. This was one of the most comprehensive whitewashes Sri Lanka ever had, by beating the hosts 5-0. The batters employed the right blend of destruction and method and took down the target of 322 with ease. Jayasuriya top-scored for the team from Ceylon by scoring 152 runs and Tharanga made an equally dominating 109. Although the pitch was brilliant to bat on, flat and on a sunny evening, it was the extraordinary batting from the two that was one of the best innings ever played in cricket. The stroke play and brutal hitting continued through the middle overs as well, wherein it usually became a little slow and low. Although Sri Lanka had won the previous four matches in the series, their motivation was not an inch less in this match as visible in their calculated innings. 

David Warner and Travis Head – 284 runs vs Pakistan – Jan 26, 2017

Highest Opening Partnership in ODIs
David Warner and Travis Head – Highest Opening Partnership in ODIs

It was one of the most memorable Australia days for cricket lovers from Australia. The opening pair David Warner and Travis Head gave more incentive and reasons for the Adelaide crowd to celebrate as they displayed the most brutal forms of hitting from ball number one. This partnership at the time of the match was the highest partnership for an ODI for any wicket for Australia. The team raced to 369 runs in their ODI innings, with Warner top-scoring with 179 and Head following him with 128. This was one of the peaks of Warner’s career and the only disappointment was that he could not convert it into a double century, which at one point seemed highly possible. The total turned out to be too much for Pakistan, but they put up a good fight and ended up scoring 312 with all their wickets lost by the last over. The hosts won the match by 57 runs. 

Conclusion – Highest ODI Opening Partnerships

One has to learn how to bat by watching all these partnerships. No matter how the game evolves, these innings never become old. But with the game advancing at such a fast pace, expect more records to be broken in the coming games. 

Also Read:- Top 10 Cricketers with Most Centuries in Cricket

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