T20 World Cup Highest Opening Partnership

T20 World Cup's Highest Opening Partnership
T20 World Cup’s Highest Opening Partnership

Cricket fans are more likely to watch T20 cricket than any other format of the game. The fans of cricket enjoy watching the players smash the bowlers for boundaries and sixes as they play the game. In the T20 World Cup, all of the players want to do everything they can to help their team win the match and achieve the greatest success in their careers. There is no doubt that a good partnership can ease the pressure on the batting team, regardless of whether they are chasing or setting the target. 

However, one of the biggest opportunities for the batting team is to score as many runs as possible on the power play. A team that gets off to a good start has already done half of the work for them. There is a reason why openers are among the best batters on their team, and it is because of this reason. When the openers score runs for the team in a match, there is no better moment for the team or its fans than when the openers score runs in a match.

The importance of scoring runs on the front end of a match becomes even more important if it is a World Cup match. Therefore, we will discuss in this article the top ten highest opening partnerships in the history of T20 World Cups in terms of the highest opening partnerships. 

Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan (152*) against India in T20 World Cup 2021

T20 World Cup's Highest Opening Partnership
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan (152*) against India in T20 World Cup 2021

There has been a great deal of interest in the last T20 World Cup in the UAE, where the highest and most recent partnership was formed in the most watched cricket match of the year. In this game, there was a tussle between India and Pakistan, two arch-rivals, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, which was the venue for the event. Azam won the toss and asked India to bat first after winning the toss.

As well as the way Shaheen Afridi was able to start with the ball in his hand from the beginning. Within the very first over, he took the important wicket of Rohit Sharma (0), which was a critical wicket for the team. In his second over of the innings, he returned and dismissed KL Rahul (3) in his third over. It was not a great debut for Suryakumar Yadav (11) in his first match of the T20 World Cup as he could not do much.

While Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant added 53 runs for the fourth wicket, the team looked good to set a challenging target since they put on 53 runs for the fourth wicket. As it turned out, though, Afridi came back to dismiss Kohli as well, so all hopes of setting a large target were dashed. The Pakistan team managed to chase the target of 152 with a dream start, with both openers playing their shots and hitting boundaries from the first ball.

It was a tough battle against the Indian bowlers, but they managed to score runs throughout their innings. It can be argued that both openers in this innings scored their respective half-centuries as well in the process of chasing down the target without losing any wickets in the process of chasing it down. Rizwan scored 79 and Babar scored 68, both of whom were unbeaten. Pakistan was also able to end India’s winning streak in World Cup events as a result of this victory.

Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith (145) against South Africa in the T20 World Cup 2007

T20 World Cup's Highest Opening Partnership
Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith (145) against South Africa in the T20 World Cup 2007

During the inaugural season of the T20I World Cup in South Africa, this was the first match of Group A in the inaugural season. At the Johannesburg stadium, the West Indies clashed with the host South Africa. The toss was won by Graeme Smith, who elected to field first. The West Indies innings were opened by Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith. From Universe Boss’ bat, there was a whole lot of carnage.

Throughout the match, Gayle smashed South African bowlers into every corner. Though Smith played his shot as well, who could match Gayle’s hitting ability?

After scoring a half-century in just 26 balls, the left-handed player continued with the rest of his innings. As a result, both batters went on to make their teams’ century in just 9.4 overs. Despite scoring 35 runs, Dwyane Smith was caught by Vernon Philander after scoring 35 runs. In just 13.3 overs, both openers had added 145 runs for the first wicket before they were dismissed.

The left-handed player on the other hand made history in the very first game of the T20I World Cup by scoring the first ever century in the tournament. His innings ended on 117 off 57 balls, including seven fours and ten maximums, and he helped his team to score 205/6 as he ended his innings on 117 off 57 balls.

In spite of this, Herschelle Gibbs, who made an unbeaten 90, and Justin Kemp, who made 46, helped the hosts chase down the target with 14 balls to spare and 8 wickets to spare. After the match, Gayle was also awarded the “Man of the Match” award.

Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt (142) against Bangladesh in T20I World Cup 2010

T20 World Cup's Highest Opening Partnership
Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt (142) against Bangladesh in T20I World Cup 2010

At the Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia, the fourth and final match of the T20I World Cup 2010 was played between Pakistan and Bangladesh. After winning the toss, Pakistani captain Shahid Afridi elected to bat first and opted to bat first. It was Salman Butt and Kamran Akmal who opened Pakistan’s innings. Both players were in good form prior to the tournament and they carried that form through to this match as well.

There was a lot of teasing going on between both openers as they began to play shots and toy with the Bangladeshi bowlers. As far as the bowlers were concerned, none of them seemed to be effective against them. 

The two openers also brought up their respective half-centuries in the partnership during the match. It took them 11.4 overs to reach a partnership of 100 runs. The partnership ended on 142 in 15.5 overs when Kamran Akmal was caught by Shakib Al Hasan when the partnership was on 142. It is interesting to note that both openers were out for 73 runs. It was Akmal who scored 73 from 55 deliveries and Butt who scored 73 from 46 deliveries.

Pakistan was able to post a target of 173 runs as a result of their efforts. By the end of the match, Bangladesh fell short by 21 runs and lost the match by a margin of 21 runs. The performance of Salman Butt in the match earned him the title of “Man of the Match”.

T20 World Cup Highest Opening Partnership List

BattersPartnershipAgainstVenueYear
Mohammad Rizwan – Babar Azam (PAK)152*IndiaDubai2021
Chris Gayle – Dwayne Smith (WI)145South AfricaJohannesburg2007
Kamran Akmal – Salman Butt (PAK)142BangladeshGros Islet2010
Gautam Gambhir – Virender Sehwag (IND)136EnglandDurban2007
Chris Gayle – Andre Fletcher (WI)133AustraliaThe Oval2009
Shane Watson – David Warner (AUS)133IndiaColombo2012
Aqib Ilyas – Jatinder Singh (Oman)131*PNGAl Amerat2021
Tillakaratne Dilshan – Sanath Jayasuriya (SL)124West IndiesNottingham2009
Mohammad Hafeez – Imran Nazir (PAK)124BangladeshPallekele2012
Adam Gilchrist – Matthew Hayden (AUS)104BangladeshCape Town2007

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