Record Partnerships in ODI Cricket by Wicket

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Despite the limited time of a one-day international, sometimes two batsmen come together at the crease and put on a special partnership in which they pile on the runs.

As the scoreboard ticks over, often at a very fast rate, these two players may find themselves setting a new piece of history, even those who bat right down the order.

Read on for the biggest partnerships in ODIs for every wicket, as we see some of the best players to have played the game combine in some superb batting efforts.

All stats courtesy of ESPNCricinfo.

First Wicket: Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka): 286 Runs

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Opponent: England

Date: July 1, 2006

Venue: Headingley, Leeds

Individual Scores: Upul Tharanga 109; Sanath Jayasuriya 152

The 2006 ODI series between England and Sri Lanka had been particularly depressing for the hosts, and this final game was perhaps their nadir, especially for a moderate bowling attack.

England batted first and made 321-7 from their 50 overs, thanks to Marcus Trescothick’s 121, 41 from Alastair Cook and an unbeaten 44 from Vikram Solanki.

However, in reply Tharanga and Jayasuriya flayed England’s bowling attack to all parts of Headingley as they made light work of their chase despite a required run rate of over six runs per over.

Tharanga was eventually removed by Jamie Dalrymple after making 109 from 102 balls, with Sri Lanka in a strong position at 286-1 after 31.5 overs.

Jayasuriya then followed in the next over as he became Solanki’s only ODI wicket, but by that time the damage had been done.

Sri Lanka went on to win by eight wickets, and the opening partnership of 286 was a new world record as England’s front-line seam bowlers all went for at least nine runs per over.

Second Wicket: Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid (India): 331 Runs

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Opponent: New Zealand

Date: November 8, 1999

Venue: Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad

Individual Scores: Sachin Tendulkar 186*; Rahul Dravid 153

India welcomed New Zealand for a five-match ODI series at the end of the 20th century, and were in trouble at 10-1 in the second game when Rahul Dravid joined Sachin Tendulkar.

What followed was some incredibly destructive hitting, as the pair put on 331 for the second wicket against one of the Black Caps’ stronger bowling units.

By the time Dravid was removed for 153 at the end of the 48th over, India were 341-2 and in a seemingly impregnable position on their home turf.

Tendulkar continued on his merry way to finish unbeaten on 186, which remained his top score in ODIs for over 10 years.

In reply, New Zealand never got going and folded for just 202, handing India a crushing victory by 174 runs.

Third Wicket: Hashim Amla and AB De Villiers (South Africa): 238 Runs

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Opponent: Pakistan

Date: March 17, 2013

Venue: New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

Individual Scores: Hahim Amla 122; AB de Villiers 128

Last year, Pakistan visited South Africa and arrived in Johannesburg with the five-match series tied at 1-1.

After a couple of early wickets fell, captain AB de Villers joined Hashim Amla at the crease and the pair set about rebuilding the Proteas’ innings from 42-2.

They were not separated until the 45th over, with the score at 280 when Amla was dismissed for 122 from 113 balls.

In just over 30 overs, the pair had put on 238 runs and put their country in a good position to take another victory.

South Africa’s innings concluded at 343-5 after some late fireworks from Faf du Plessis, but in response Pakistan made a very good effort as they tried to chase their target.

They kept up with the required run-rate throughout despite losing wickets regularly, and South Africa were delighted to eventually dismiss them for 309, a 34-run win.

Fourth Wicket: Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja (India): 275 Runs

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Opponent: Zimbabwe

Date: April 9, 1998

Venue: Barabati Stadium, Cuttack

Individual Scores: Mohammad Azharuddin 153*; Ajay Jadeja 116*

India hosted the Pepsi Triangular Series in the 1997/98 season and welcomed Australia and Zimbabwe for the three-team tournament.

In the fifth match of the tournament, the hosts had been in dire straits at 26-3 against Zimbabwe with Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman all back in the pavilion.

That brought captain Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja together, tasked with rebuilding India’s innings and setting the Zimbabweans a good target.

They would not be separated, as they piled on the runs and both made unbeaten centuries in India’s final total of 301-3.

In reply, Zimbabwe made a good effort at chasing down their total as Grant Flower made a century, although he had little support and India managed to take the win by 32 runs.

Fifth Wicket: Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara (England): 226 Runs

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Opponent: Ireland

Date: September 3, 2013

Venue: Malahide, Dublin

Individual Scores: Eoin Morgan 124*; Ravi Bopara 101*

England’s one-off ODI in Ireland started badly for the away side, as they could not prevent the hosts piling up 269-7, thanks in part to skipper William Porterfield’s 112.

In reply, they then found themselves in trouble as their top order folded to leave them struggling at 48-4.

That brought Ravi Bopara to the crease to join captain—and former Ireland player—Eoin Morgan.

The pair then enjoyed an unbroken 226-run partnership as they took England to what seemed on the surface to be a relatively comfortable victory by six wickets.

Bopara’s 101 not out was his maiden ODI century, while Morgan’s unbeaten 124 was his best ever ODI score, and their partnership became a new world record.

Sixth Wicket: Mahela Jayawardene and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Asia XI): 218 Runs

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Opponent: Africa XI

Date: June 10, 2007

Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Individual Scores: Mahela Jayawardene 107; Mahendra Singh Dhoni 139*

The short-lived Afro-Asia Cup saw one of the greatest batting partnerships of all time in the 2007 edition as Mahela Jayawardene and Mahendra Singh Dhoni combined for 218 runs.

Featuring the best players of Africa against the best of Asia, the latter batted first but were struggling at 72-5 when Jayawardene and Dhoni came together.

The pair went on to put together a partnership of 218 runs to lead the Asian XI to a very handy total of 331, with both bringing up their centuries thanks to some aggressive batting.

In response, the African XI came very close to victory as they made 318-7 from their 50 overs, but they fell short to hand the Asia XI the win by 13 runs.

Unfortunately, the competition sank without trace after this instalment, although Jayawardene and Dhoni’s achievement has been immortalised in the record books.

Seventh Wicket: Andy Flower and Heath Streak (Zimbabwe): 130 Runs

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Opponent: England

Date: October 7, 2001

Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare

Individual Scores: Andy Flower 142*; Heath Streak 56

An experimental England side travelled to Zimbabwe for a five-match ODI series, and despite going on to win that series 5-0 they did not have it all their own way.

Having ripped through the hosts’ top order in the third match, England had Zimbabwe teetering at 127-6 when captain Heath Streak joined Andy Flower.

The pair went on to lead the Zimbabweans to respectability at least, as they combined for a partnership of 130 runs, with Flower putting together a magnificent innings of 142 not out.

Streak weighed in with a responsible 56, and it meant the hosts eventually scored 261-8 having been in tremendous trouble.

England made heavy work of their reply, although they managed to get home with six wickets down and 15 balls remaining for yet another win.

It was unfortunate for Flower and Streak, whose achievement could not spark a Zimbabwe victory.

Eighth Wicket: Justin Kemp and Andrew Hall (South Africa): 138 Runs

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Opponent: India

Date: November 26, 2006

Venue: Newlands, Cape Town

Individual Scores: Justin Kemp 100*; Andrew Hall 56*

India’s unhappy tour of South Africa in the 2006/07 season had looked to be revived somewhat as they reduced the Proteas to 136-7 after 35.5 overs.

However, that brought Justin Kemp and Andrew Hall together, and both set about building a competitive total in the limited time they had available to them.

Kemp, in particular, was inspired as he blitzed 100 not out from 89 balls in what was his first ever ODI century, helping them recover from a hopeless position.

Hall provided superb support with 56 from 47 balls, helping South Africa reach 274-7 from their 50 overs.

In response, India were blown away for 168 thanks to 4-26 from Shaun Pollock, as the hosts took a win by 106 runs.

Ninth Wicket: Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka): 132 Runs

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Opponent: Australia

Date: November 3, 2010

Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

Individual Scores: Angelo Mathews 77*; Lasith Malinga 56

Sri Lanka’s tour of Australia in the 2010/11 season was a successful one, with their one-wicket win in the first game at the MCG a superb victory.

The hosts had made just 239-8 from their 50 overs, but in response Sri Lanka slid to 107-8 in part thanks to Xavier Doherty’s four wickets.

That brought Lasith Malinga to the crease, and although he is normally known for his toe-crushing yorkers he was very impressive with the bat as he swatted 56 from 48 balls.

At the other end, Angelo Mathews continued on his way and finished with 77 not out, although the game was still very nearly lost.

After Malinga was run out, it was left to last man Muttiah Muralitharan to help Mathews take the side to victory, which they managed by just one wicket.

Tenth Wicket: Viv Richards and Michael Holding (West Indies): 106 Runs

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Opponent: England

Date: May 31, 1984

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

Individual Scores: Viv Richards 189*; Michael Holding 12*

In the first ODI of the series between England and the West Indies, the visitors had won the toss and chosen to bat but crumbled to 102-7 in the 26th over.

Still at the crease was Viv Richards, and when he was joined by Michael Holding he increased the run-rate and dragged his side to a good total almost single-handedly.

In just 14 overs for the last wicket, the pair put on 106 runs, of which Richards scored 93 in one of the most destructive individual innings in ODI history.

Holding did a good job as he held up an end and allowed Richards to monopolise the strike and take his score to 189 not out, the record ODI score for one player until 1997.

Their final-wicket partnership of 106 took the West Indies to 272-9 from their 55 overs, and in reply England had no answer to the tourists’ fast bowlers as they were dismissed for 168.

The West Indies took the victory by 104 runs, showing just how significant that partnership between Richards and Holding was for their success.

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