Euro 2020 Special

Highest Partnerships in T20I World Cup History

History was made in the 2022 World Cup on Thursday in the match between South Africa and Bangladesh, with the South African pair of Quinton de Kock and Rilee Rossouw putting on 168 for the second wicket.

That broke the previous record for the highest partnership for any wicket in the World Cup which had stood for 12 years, and helped their side to a crushing victory over Bangladesh.

After their first match in the Super 12s was abandoned due to rain in farcical conditions, this was a perfect response for the South Africans, who not only collected the two points, but saw their Net Run Rate get a very healthy boost into the bargain.


The partnership

The pair came together when South Africa lost their captain Temba Bavuma with just two runs on the board at the end of the first over.

They stand at the crease together until midway through the 15th over, by which time the scoreboard had advanced by 168 runs.

De Kock was the first to go. He had made 63 runs off 36 balls, and struck 3 sixes and 7 fours, before he was eventually caught off the bowling of Afif Hossain.

Rossouw (who showed in the recent T20I series with India what a fine scorer he can be), was not finished though. With first Tristan Stubbs and then Aiden Markram, he kept the score moving before he was finally dismissed for 109 with nine balls to be bowled.

He had faced 56 balls, and his innings featured 8 sixes and 7 fours.

That made him the first South African ever to make a century in a World Cup match.

Their partnership obliterated the previous South African record for a World Cup stand which was the 120 not out made by Herschelle Gibbs and Justin Kemp in the inaugural World Cup in 2007 held on home soil.


The previous record

The previous record was set back in 2010 and that was also for the second wicket.

Sri Lanka were playing the hosts, the West Indies in Barbados, and, after winning the toss, chose to bat first. Sanath Jayasuriya was an early victim, but Mahela Jayawardene and his captain Kumar Sangakarra then combined and put on 166, before Sangakarra was caught for 68. He faced 49 balls and finished with 3 sixes and 5 fours to his name.

Jayawardene, though, carried on batting and finished just two short of his century when the Sri Lankan innings finished. His 98 had taken 56 balls, and he had struck 4 sixes and 9 fours.

Their efforts helped their side post 195/3 from their 20 overs.

Sri Lanka went on to win by 57 runs.


Pakistani pair rule the roost

Whilst Indian fans are still celebrating their team’s last gasp win over Pakistan in this year’s World Cup, there was also a modicum of revenge involved for what happened to them when the two sides met in the 2021 World Cup in Sharjah a year ago.

On that occasion Pakistan had won the toss and, after asking India to bat, restricted then to 151/7 from their 20 overs.

They then made the run chase look easy as the pair of Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam shared an unbeaten stand of 152 which saw their side reach their target with more than two overs in hand.

Rizwan was 79 not out at the end and Azam undefeated on 68, and they may have well set a new record had they carried on batting.

Pakistan won the match by ten wickets.


England duo laid waste to Sri Lanka

The Rizwan and Azam partnership of 152 equalled that between Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan of England playing against Sri Lanka at Chattogram, with the tournament being held in Bangladesh that year.

Chasing 190 to win, England lost two wickets without scoring when the pair came together. But Morgan made 57 off 38 balls before he was out in the 17th over, and Hales would go on to finish unbeaten on 116, made off 64 balls, and included 6 sixes and 11 fours.

It was good enough for their team to win by six wickets with four balls to spare.




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