Top 10 Highest Partnerships in ODI

Top 10 Highest Partnerships in ODI
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Cricket is a game of partnerships. A good partnership makes or breaks the game. It is what gives stability and, later, momentum to the scoring. In this article, we are going to talk about some of the major partnerships in ODI cricket. It is unbelievable how scoring rates have changed over the years and how even partnerships are crossing the 350-run mark as the top two partnerships in this list would suggest.

Here are the top 10 partnerships in ODIs.

  • 372 – Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, WI VS ZIM
  • 365 – John Campbell and Shai Hope, WI vs IRE
  • 331 – Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, IND vs NZ
  • 318 – Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, IND vs SL
  • 304 – Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq, PAK vs ZIM
  • 292 – Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das, BAN vs ZIM
  • 286 – Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya, SRI vs ENG
  • 284 – David Warner and Travis Head, AUS vs PAK
  • 282* – Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla, SA vs BAN
  • 282 – Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan, SRI vs ZIM

* – Unbroken

The top two partnerships belong to the West Indians. India and Sri Lanka also feature twice on this list, whereas Pakistan, Bangladesh, Australia and South Africa feature at least once. All the major subcontinent cricket teams are included in this list. Rahul Dravid and Upul Tharanga are the only batsmen featuring twice. All partnerships except for two of them – one each from Sri Lanka and South Africa – have happened in the first innings. Barring a couple of Indian partnerships, all others were formed in the 21st century.

Let us discover more details about teams and players involved in the legendary partnerships.

372 – Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, WI vs ZIM

372 is the highest partnership score made in ODIs for any wicket and West Indies had the privilege to be a part of it. It was the match between West Indies and Zimbabwe in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in which Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels recorded this stand for the 2nd wicket. The partnership remained until the last over and they both destroyed the bowling lineup. Gayle scored 215 runs from 147 balls with 16 huge sixes and Samuel supported him with the knock of 133 runs with 11 fours and 3 sixes. 

365 – John Campbell and Shai Hope, WI vs IRE

The 365-run stand between West Indies’ John Campbell and Shai Hope against Ireland in 2019 is the second-highest partnership and the highest opening partnership. It is the 2nd time that West Indian batsmen were included in the record list after scoring such a big total for the 1st wicket. While putting this score on the board, John Campbell played a superb knock of 179 runs while Shai Hope scored 170 runs. Both batsmen were on the crease until the 48th over of the match and helped the team to put a huge total on the board.

331 – Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, IND vs NZ

The 331-run partnership between Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid had been the highest partnership for the 2nd wicket until the record was broken by the West Indian duo in 2015. Sachin and Dravid scored 331 runs for the 2nd wicket against New Zealand in 1999. They destroyed New Zealand’s bowlers with a superb knock by both batsmen. Sachin scored 186 runs with 20 fours and remained not out in the match while Dravid scored 153 runs with 15 fours. With the help of this great partnership, India managed to beat New Zealand by 174 runs.

318 – Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, IND vs SL

Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid smashed the Sri Lankan bowlers to score 318 runs during the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1999. They placed themselves in the record book by scoring such a high total for the 2nd wicket which has remained 4th of the top 10 highest partnerships in ODIs. Left-handed batsman Sourav Ganguly scored 183 runs from 158 balls with 7 sixes. To support him, Rahul Dravid scored 145 runs from 129 runs with 17 fours. After putting a huge total on the board, India managed to restrict Sri Lanka and won the match by 157 runs.

304 – Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq, PAK vs ZIM

Pakistan’s opening pair Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq managed to put 304 runs on the board which has since been the second-highest partnership for the opening wicket and the 5th one overall of the top 10. They scored this huge total against Zimbabwe in 2018. Fakhar Zaman became the first Pakistani batsman to score a double century as he scored 210 runs while Imam-ul-Haq scored a century, 113 runs, before being dismissed in the 42nd over of the match.

Top 10 Highest Partnerships in ODI

292 – Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das, BAN vs ZIM

Bangladeshi batsmen were included in this list of the highest partnerships for their performance against Zimbabwe in 2020. Tamil Iqbal and Liton Das smashed Zimbabwean bowlers to score a huge stand of 292 runs for the opening wicket, the highest partnership among Bangladeshi players. This opening partnership helped the team to win the match by 123 runs via DLS. While putting the total on the board, Das scored 176 from 143 balls, which is also the highest score for Bangladesh in ODIs, while Tamim made 158.

286 – Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya, SRI vs ENG

Sri Lankan opening pair holds the record for the 7th-highest partnership in ODI cricket. Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya managed to stand for the 1st wicket, scoring 286 runs against England in the Natwest series 2006. The two smashed the English bowlers and helped the team to chase a total on the board easily, as a result beating England by 8 wickets. Tharanga scored 109 runs from 102 balls with 14 fours and Jayasuriya played a quick knock of 152 runs from 99 balls with 20 fours and 4 sixes.

284 – David Warner and Travis Head, AUS vs PAK

David Warner and Travis Head delivered the 8th-highest opening stand of 284 runs against Pakistan in 2017. They smashed 284 runs for the opening wicket, the highest opening partnership ever formed by Australia’s players. Warner managed to score 179 runs and Head managed to score 128 runs. Their innings ended with 369 runs from 50 overs and Australia successfully won the match against Pakistan by 57 runs.

282 – Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla, SA vs BAN

South Africa’s opening pair Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla formed a 282-run stand, the 9th-highest opening stand in ODI format. This is the only South African pair on the top-10 list. The partnership helped the team to easily chase down the target and Africa managed to beat Bangladesh with 10 wickets. De Kock scored 168* and Amla played a knock of 110*.

282 – Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan, SRI vs ZIM

The second Sri Lankan pair included in the list of top 10 partnerships scored 282 runs against Zimbabwe in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. Tharanga scored 133 runs from 141 balls while Dilshan smashed 139 runs in 129 deliveries. The partnership helped the team to secure an easy win against Zimbabwe in their World Cup campaign.

Conclusion

Partnerships make or break a cricket match. They are so discouraging for the opposition that they eventually just end up giving away too many runs. That is why most of these partnerships are so huge. Here’s a quick summary of the top partnerships in ODI cricket.

Highest partnerships by runs

PartnersRunsWktTeamOppositionGroundMatch Date
CH Gayle, MN Samuels3722ndWest Indiesv ZimbabweCanberra24 Feb 2015
JD Campbell, SD Hope3651stWest Indiesv IrelandDublin5 May 2019
SR Tendulkar, R Dravid3312ndIndiav New ZealandHyderabad (Deccan)8 Nov 1999
SC Ganguly, R Dravid3182ndIndiav Sri LankaTaunton26 May 1999
Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman3041stPakistanv ZimbabweBulawayo20 Jul 2018
Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das2921stBangladeshv ZimbabweSylhet6 Mar 2020
WU Tharanga, ST Jayasuriya2861stSri Lankav EnglandLeeds1 Jul 2006
DA Warner, TM Head2841stAustraliav PakistanAdelaide26 Jan 2017
Q de Kock, HM Amla282*1stSouth Africav BangladeshKimberley15 Oct 2017
WU Tharanga, TM Dilshan2821stSri Lankav ZimbabwePallekele10 Mar 2011
M Azharuddin, A Jadeja275*4thIndiav ZimbabweCuttack9 Apr 1998
JAH Marshall, BB McCullum2741stNew Zealandv IrelandAberdeen1 Jul 2008
GD Elliott, L Ronchi267*6thNew Zealandv Sri LankaDunedin23 Jan 2015
Aamer Sohail, Inzamam-ul-Haq2632ndPakistanv New ZealandSharjah20 Apr 1994
DA Warner, SPD Smith2602ndAustraliav AfghanistanPerth4 Mar 2015
DA Warner, AJ Finch258*1stAustraliav IndiaMumbai14 Jan 2020
SC Ganguly, SR Tendulkar2581stIndiav KenyaPaarl24 Oct 2001
DM Bravo, D Ramdin2583rdWest Indiesv BangladeshBasseterre25 Aug 2014
Saleem Elahi, Abdul Razzaq2572ndPakistanv South AfricaPort Elizabeth11 Dec 2002
DA Miller, JP Duminy256*5thSouth Africav ZimbabweHamilton15 Feb 2015
JJ Roy, AD Hales256*1stEnglandv Sri LankaBirmingham24 Jun 2016
Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni2564thIndiav EnglandCuttack19 Jan 2017
SR Watson, RT Ponting252*2ndAustraliav EnglandCenturion2 Oct 2009
SC Ganguly, SR Tendulkar2521stIndiav Sri LankaColombo (RPS)7 Jul 1998
F du Plessis, DA Miller2524thSouth Africav AustraliaHobart11 Nov 2018
AJ Strauss, IJL Trott2502ndEnglandv BangladeshBirmingham12 Jul 2010
AD Hales, JE Root2482ndEnglandv PakistanNottingham30 Aug 2016
HM Amla, RR Rossouw2471stSouth Africav West IndiesJohannesburg18 Jan 2015
HM Amla, RR Rossouw2473rdSouth Africav West IndiesCenturion28 Jan 2015
HM Amla, F du Plessis2472ndSouth Africav IrelandCanberra3 Mar 2015
AJ Finch, SE Marsh2461stAustraliav ScotlandEdinburgh3 Sep 2013
RG Sharma, V Kohli2462ndIndiav West IndiesGuwahati21 Oct 2018
SR Tendulkar, SC Ganguly2442ndIndiav NamibiaPietermaritzburg23 Feb 2003
SPD Smith, GJ Bailey2423rdAustraliav IndiaPerth12 Jan 2016
Q de Kock, HM Amla2391stSouth Africav EnglandCenturion9 Feb 2016
WIA Fernando, BKG Mendis2393rdSri Lankav West IndiesHambantota26 Feb 2020
HM Amla, AB de Villiers2383rdSouth Africav PakistanJohannesburg17 Mar 2013
R Dravid, SR Tendulkar237*3rdIndiav KenyaBristol23 May 1999
MS Atapattu, ST Jayasuriya2371stSri Lankav AustraliaSydney9 Jan 2003
RT Ponting, A Symonds2374thAustraliav Sri LankaSydney12 Feb 2006
MJ Guptill, TWM Latham236*1stNew Zealandv ZimbabweHarare4 Aug 2015
SC Ganguly, R Dravid2362ndIndiav Sri LankaNagpur22 Mar 1999
G Kirsten, HH Gibbs2351stSouth Africav IndiaKochi9 Mar 2000
RT Ponting, DR Martyn234*3rdAustraliav IndiaJohannesburg23 Mar 2003
DJ Cullinan, JN Rhodes2324thSouth Africav PakistanNairobi (Gym)29 Sep 1996
WU Tharanga, TM Dilshan231*1stSri Lankav EnglandColombo (RPS)26 Mar 2011
SR Tendulkar, NS Sidhu2312ndIndiav PakistanSharjah15 Apr 1996
AM Rahane, S Dhawan2311stIndiav Sri LankaCuttack2 Nov 2014
AJ Finch, DA Warner2311stAustraliav IndiaBengaluru28 Sep 2017
Saeed Anwar, Ijaz Ahmed2303rdPakistanv IndiaDhaka18 Jan 1998
RG Sharma, V Kohli2302ndIndiav New ZealandKanpur29 Oct 2017
N Dickwella, MD Gunathilaka2291stSri Lankav ZimbabweHambantota6 Jul 2017
Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat228*1stPakistanv ZimbabweHarare11 Sep 2011
JF Kloppenburg, KJJ van Noortwijk2282ndNetherlandsv NamibiaBloemfontein3 Mar 2003
WTS Porterfield, KJ O’Brien2274thIrelandv KenyaNairobi (Ruaraka)2 Feb 2007
RG Sharma, KL Rahul2271stIndiav West IndiesVisakhapatnam18 Dec 2019
EJG Morgan, RS Bopara226*5thEnglandv IrelandDublin (Malahide)3 Sep 2013
S Chanderpaul, CL Hooper2264thWest Indiesv South AfricaEast London24 Jan 1999
MS Atapattu, DPMD Jayawardene2263rdSri Lankav IndiaSharjah27 Oct 2000
AJ Strauss, A Flintoff2264thEnglandv West IndiesLord’s6 Jul 2004
DN Chudasama, KO Otieno2251stKenyav BangladeshNairobi (Gym)10 Oct 1997
AC Gilchrist, RT Ponting2252ndAustraliav EnglandMelbourne15 Dec 2002
DM Jones, AR Border224*3rdAustraliav Sri LankaAdelaide28 Jan 1985
G Gambhir, V Kohli2243rdIndiav Sri LankaKolkata24 Dec 2009
Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed2241stPakistanv IndiaDhaka18 Mar 2012
H Masakadza, Sikandar Raza2241stZimbabwev AfghanistanBulawayo20 Jul 2014
Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah2245thBangladeshv New ZealandCardiff9 Jun 2017
M Azharuddin, A Jadeja2235thIndiav Sri LankaColombo (RPS)17 Aug 1997
Shoaib Malik, Younis Khan2233rdPakistanv Hong KongColombo (SSC)18 Jul 2004
MG Bevan, SR Waugh2224thAustraliav South AfricaMelbourne (Docklands)16 Aug 2000
CG Greenidge, IVA Richards2212ndWest Indiesv IndiaJamshedpur7 Dec 1983
V Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh2213rdIndiav Sri LankaColombo (RPS)3 Feb 2009
HM Amla, AB de Villiers2213rdSouth Africav NetherlandsMohali3 Mar 2011
JJ Roy, JE Root2213rdEnglandv AustraliaMelbourne14 Jan 2018
A Symonds, MJ Clarke2205thAustraliav New ZealandWellington7 Dec 2005
Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar2202ndBangladeshv ZimbabweChattogram26 Oct 2018
ME Waugh, RT Ponting2192ndAustraliav ZimbabweDelhi11 Apr 1998
ML Hayden, RT Ponting2192ndAustraliav IndiaVisakhapatnam3 Apr 2001
Naved Latif, Inzamam-ul-Haq2193rdPakistanv Sri LankaSharjah2 Nov 2001
JP Duminy, AB de Villiers2193rdSouth Africav ZimbabweBenoni22 Oct 2010
RG Sharma, V Kohli2192ndIndiav Sri LankaColombo (RPS)31 Aug 2017
Karim Sadiq, Mohammad Shahzad218*2ndAfghanistanv ScotlandAyr16 Aug 2010
DPMD Jayawardene, MS Dhoni2186thAsia XIv Africa XIChennai10 Jun 2007
SD Hope, SO Hetmyer2182ndWest Indiesv IndiaChennai15 Dec 2019
AM Samad, A Bagai2173rdCanadav BermudaKing City (NW)1 Jul 2008
Aqib Ilyas, Zeeshan Maqsood2163rdOmanv U.S.A.Kirtipur11 Feb 2020
WU Tharanga, DPMD Jayawardene2151stSri Lankav BangladeshDhaka8 Jan 2010
PR Stirling, A Balbirnie2142ndIrelandv EnglandSouthampton4 Aug 2020
ST Jayasuriya, PA de Silva213*3rdSri Lankav PakistanLahore5 Nov 1997
GA Hick, NH Fairbrother2133rdEnglandv West IndiesLord’s27 May 1991
VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh2134thIndiav AustraliaSydney22 Jan 2004
WU Tharanga, DPMD Jayawardene2131stSri Lankav IndiaKingston2 Jul 2013
V Kohli, AM Rahane2133rdIndiav BangladeshFatullah26 Feb 2014
RG Sharma, SS Iyer2132ndIndiav Sri LankaMohali13 Dec 2017
HDRL Thirimanne, KC Sangakkara212*2ndSri Lankav EnglandWellington1 Mar 2015
GR Marsh, DC Boon2121stAustraliav IndiaJaipur7 Sep 1986
S Dhawan, V Kohli2122ndIndiav AustraliaCanberra20 Jan 2016
AT Carey, GJ Maxwell2126thAustraliav EnglandManchester16 Sep 2020
KA Edwards, DJ Bravo2114thWest Indiesv New ZealandHamilton8 Jan 2014
RG Sharma, AT Rayudu2113rdIndiav West IndiesMumbai (BS)29 Oct 2018
TM Dilshan, KC Sangakkara210*2ndSri Lankav BangladeshMelbourne26 Feb 2015
AJ Strauss, PD Collingwood2104thEnglandv BangladeshNottingham21 Jun 2005
RG Sharma, S Dhawan2101stIndiav PakistanDubai (DSC)23 Sep 2018
G Gambhir, V Kohli209*3rdIndiav EnglandDelhi17 Oct 2011
G Kirsten, ND McKenzie2092ndSouth Africav KenyaCape Town22 Oct 2001
N Dickwella, MD Gunathilaka2091stSri Lankav ZimbabweHambantota8 Jul 2017
UT Khawaja, AJ Finch2091stAustraliav PakistanSharjah24 Mar 2019
CS MacLeod, RD Berrington2083rdScotlandv AfghanistanBulawayo4 Mar 2018
ME Waugh, SR Waugh2073rdAustraliav KenyaVisakhapatnam23 Feb 1996
RG Sharma, V Kohli2072ndIndiav AustraliaPerth12 Jan 2016
Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan2072ndBangladeshv West IndiesProvidence22 Jul 2018
AC Gilchrist, ME Waugh2061stAustraliav West IndiesBrisbane14 Jan 2001
Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Yousuf2064thPakistanv IndiaCenturion26 Sep 2009
F du Plessis, AB de Villiers2063rdSouth Africav AustraliaHarare27 Aug 2014
KS Williamson, LRPL Taylor2063rdNew Zealandv EnglandSouthampton14 Jun 2015
DL Haynes, IVA Richards2052ndWest Indiesv AustraliaMelbourne9 Dec 1979
Mohsin Khan, Zaheer Abbas2052ndPakistanv IndiaMultan17 Dec 1982
Moin-ul-Atiq, Ijaz Ahmed2053rdPakistanv BangladeshChattogram29 Oct 1988
Salman Butt, Younis Khan2052ndPakistanv IndiaDhaka14 Jun 2008
Noor Ali Zadran, Mohammad Shahzad2052ndAfghanistanv CanadaSharjah16 Feb 2010
G Gambhir, V Kohli2052ndIndiav Sri LankaDhaka13 Mar 2012
WTS Porterfield, PR Stirling2051stIrelandv U.A.E.Harare12 Mar 2018
Inzamam-ul-Haq, Saleem Malik2042ndPakistanv Sri LankaRawalpindi19 Jan 1992
Saeed Anwar, Ramiz Raja2041stPakistanv Sri LankaSharjah4 Feb 1993
L Vincent, SP Fleming2041stNew Zealandv ZimbabweBulawayo24 Aug 2005
MJ Clarke, BJ Hodge2044thAustraliav NetherlandsBasseterre18 Mar 2007
EJG Morgan, JC Buttler2044thEnglandv West IndiesSt George’s27 Feb 2019
GM Hamilton, DF Watts2031stScotlandv CanadaAberdeen7 Jul 2009
V Sehwag, V Kohli2033rdIndiav BangladeshDhaka19 Feb 2011
GA Gooch, DI Gower2022ndEnglandv AustraliaLord’s3 Jun 1985
Ramiz Raja, Saeed Anwar2021stPakistanv Sri LankaAdelaide17 Feb 1990
SV Carlisle, SM Ervine2024thZimbabwev IndiaAdelaide24 Jan 2004
SC Ganguly, V Sehwag2022ndIndiav BermudaPort of Spain19 Mar 2007
WU Tharanga, DPMD Jayawardene2021stSri Lankav PakistanDambulla3 Aug 2009
RG Sharma, V Kohli2023rdIndiav Sri LankaKolkata13 Nov 2014
G Gambhir, V Sehwag201*1stIndiav New ZealandHamilton11 Mar 2009
V Sehwag, R Dravid2013rdIndiav PakistanKochi2 Apr 2005
WU Tharanga, ST Jayasuriya2011stSri Lankav New ZealandNapier28 Dec 2006
ST Jayasuriya, KC Sangakkara2011stSri Lankav BangladeshKarachi30 Jun 2008
Shoaib Malik, Haris Sohail2013rdPakistanv ZimbabweLahore26 May 2015
WTS Porterfield, A Balbirnie2012ndIrelandv U.A.E.ICCA Dubai13 Jan 2018
SC Williams, S Chanderpaul200*1stWest Indiesv IndiaBridgetown3 May 1997
Shoaib Malik, Yousuf Youhana200*3rdPakistanv Sri LankaKarachi6 Oct 2004
ME Trescothick, VS Solanki2001stEnglandv South AfricaThe Oval28 Jun 2003
ML Hayden, RT Ponting2002ndAustraliav New ZealandPerth28 Jan 2007
TM Dilshan, KC Sangakkara2002ndSri Lankav IndiaHobart28 Feb 2012
V Kohli, KM Jadhav2005thIndiav EnglandPune15 Jan 2017
LRPL Taylor, TWM Latham2004thNew Zealandv IndiaMumbai22 Oct 2017
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