Top 5 Highest Partnerships in World T20: Cricket is a team game and no team can achieve what they aim for without a team effort. In T20 Cricket, Batting partnership is important to lead their team to the victories. T20 World Cup is the biggest stage for T20 cricket and has seen many entertaining partnerships. Here we take a look at the Top 5 Highest Partnerships in World T20.
Kamran Akmal, Salman Butt – 142 v Bangladesh, 2010
Pakistan openers dominated Bangladeshi bowlers at Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet during the 2010 edition. Pakistan elected to bat first after winning the toss. Pakistan openers Kamran Akmal (73 off 55 balls) and Salman Butt (73 off 46 balls) added 142 runs for 1st wicket in 15.5 overs. Shakib Al Hasan was broken the first wicket partnership by dismissing Akmal. But, Salman Butt continues his work before getting clean bowled by Shafiul Islam.
Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene – 145 v England, 2014
Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene dominated English bowlers to score an 145 runs partnership for 2nd wicket. In the group stages of the 2014 World T20, Sri Lanka batted first against England. They lost Kusal Perera early but Dilshan and Jayawardene helps their team to get a strong total of 189 for 4 in 20 overs. Dilshan (55 off 47 balls) and Jayawardene’s (89 off 51 balls) entertaining 145 partnership was broken by Yorker specialist Chris Jordan. This pair smashed 15 fours and 5 sixes.
Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith – 145 v South Africa, 2007
In the inaugural edition of World T20, Jamaican giant Chris Gayle plundered 117 from just 57 balls against the hosts, helping West Indies score 205 in 1st innings. Gayle’s opening partner Dwayne Smith (35 off 35 balls) batted calmly and enjoyed Gayle’s innings from the other end. Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith added 145 runs for 1st wicket. In the 14th over, Vernon Philander broken the 1st wicket partnership by dismissing Dwayne Smith. This pair smashed 11 maximums and 10 fours.
Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan – 152 v Sri Lanka, 2014
England chased an epic total against Sri Lanka in the 2014 edition. Sri Lanka batted first and scored 189/4 runs in 20 overs. Nuwan Kulasekara dismissed Michael Lumb and Moeen Ali in the very 1st over of the second innings. But, Alex Hales (116* off 64 balls) and Morgan (57 off 38 balls) hammered Sri Lankan bowlers. They added match-winning partnership of 152 runs. This pair entertained the crowd hitting 18 fours and 8 sixes.
Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara – 166 (2010)
Sri Lankan legends Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara dominated West Indies bowlers to score a massive 166-run partnership for 2nd wicket in the 2010 World T20. Sri Lanka batted first and they lost Sanath Jayasuriya early, but Jayawardene and Sangakkara hold of the match. Sangakkara (68 off 49 balls) and Mahela Jayawardene (98 off 56 runs) helped their team to reach the huge total of 195/3. They smashed 14 fours and 7 sixes in their world record stand.