Record Partnerships in T20i Cricket by Wicket
Following Eoin Morgan's and Alex Hales's record third-wicket stand, and with the World T20 semi-finals starting on Thursday, Bleacher Report has compiled a statistical collection of the highest partnerships in international T20 history.
From the monsters to the cameos, this collection has them all.
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Comment below with partnerships that didn't set a record but that you feel were great. There are surely plenty!
1st Wicket: Loots Bosman and Graeme Smith: 177 vs. England, 2009
In the second match of England's drawn two-match series against South Africa in 2009, Loots Bosman and Graeme Smith, batting first, compiled an enormous 177 for the first wicket in Centurion. It was a partnership that laid the foundations for a comprehensive 84-run victory.
It is perhaps no surprise that this partnership is the world-record T20 partnership, for those opening the batting can face the most number of balls.
2nd Wicket: Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara: 166 vs. West Indies, 2010
Sri Lanka's ever-present duo unsurprisingly feature on this list.
Against the West Indies in the 2010 World T20, they came together at 7-1 and were only separated 166 runs later in a partnership that carried their team to a total of 195. Sri Lanka went on to win the match by 57 runs.
3rd Wicket: Alex Hales & Eoin Morgan: 152, vs. Sri Lanka, 2014
During the current World T20, in what was essentially a must-win game for England, Eoin Morgan joined Alex Hales with England 0-2 and chasing 189 to win.
An hour later and the match had been turned on its head. Hales scored 93 of the runs, Morgan 57, and by the time the pair were separated, victory was within sight. Hales went on to score a century—the first ever by an Englishman, in what can safely be said to be one of the finest T20 innings of all time as England surged to victory.
4th Wicket: Kevin Pietersen & Eoin Morgan: 112* vs. Pakistan, 2010
This partnership came during the limited-overs leg of England's 2012 tour of Pakistan when England's batsmen, led by Kevin Pietersen, staged a revival of sorts following a miserable Test whitewash.
Morgan and Pietersen came together at 18-3 before seeing England home safely.
5th Wicket: Shoaib Malik & Misbah Ul-Haq: 119* vs. Australia, 2007
This record has survived for six years mainly because scoring 119 runs for the fifth wicket is very difficult in T20 cricket simply because such partnerships normally run out of balls; thus require the coming together of the two batsmen early in the innings.
In this case, they came together at 46-4 after 6.4 overs and saw Pakistan past the Australian total of 164.
6th Wicket: Cameron White & Mike Hussey: 101* vs. Sri Lanka, 2010
This crucial sixth-wicket partnership was pivotal in Australia's victory over Sri Lanka in the 2010 World T20.
Coming together at 67-5 in the 11th over, they remained unbeaten as Australia set their opponents 165 to win and ended up victorious by 81 runs.
7th Wicket: Paul Collingwood & Mike Yardy: 91 vs. West Indies
This partnership was well ahead of the times in the sense that it was scored way back in 2007 yet displayed explosive power and acceleration more associated with the T20 cricket of today.
However, the brutal 91 was in vain as England fell short by 18 runs at the Oval.
8th Wicket: Wayne Parnell & Juan Theron: 64* vs. Australia, 2011
This ridiculous partnership helped South Africa win a thrilling match against Australia in 2011.
The pair came together at 84-7 with 64 still required for victory, and strike rates of 190 and 260 surged South Africa to the total.
9th Wicket: Sohail Tanvir & Saeed Ajmal: 63 vs. Sri Lanka, 2013
This late blitzkrieg between two Pakistan bowlers was entertaining but not enough to overhaul Sri Lanka's total. They were doomed from when they came together really, with the task in hand too steep for two tail-enders to tackle.
10th Wicket: Wahab Riaz & Shoaib Akhtar: 31* vs. New Zealand, 2010
Pakistan seemingly have a proclivity for these late stands. This one, like the ninth-wicket stand between Tanvir and Ajmal, was in a losing cause.
This time, however, it was involved in setting a total, carrying the Pakistanis from 112-9 to 143-9. New Zealand ended up victorious by five wickets.