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The Highest Opening Partnership In Icc World Cup Cricket Live Match
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T20 format being the shortest of all in cricket, makes its records more interesting. In world cup tournament of the format, the highest opening partnership was witnessed in the 2007 version, the inaugural session of T20 World Cup. It was the first match of Group A in the Johannesburg venue. The match was at September 11 between West Indies and host South Africa. The Caribbean team batted first in the match to score 206 runs for 6 wickets.
The opening pair, Chris Gayle and Dwyane Smith forged a partnership of 145 runs. It created the highest opening partnership stretch in any T20 ICC World Cup Cricket live match. Gayle, the opener, scored 117 of 57 balls in the inning. He plundered 10 sixes and 7 fours brining the score at a strike rate of 205.26. Dwayne Smith scored 35 off 34 balls in the stretch. The openers played 13.3 overs together until Morne Morkel removed Smith.
After the partnership stretch ended, West Indies struck a total collapse with no further stands. Gayle played until the 17th over hauling the score to 178 for 3 wickets. The target of 207 for South Africa was not enough to defend. South Africa won the match in 17.4 overs. The chase featured Herschelle Gibbs’ unbeaten 90 paired with the unbeaten 46 off Justin Kemp. South Africa scored 208 runs for 2 wickets in the match. Even if the Caribbean team lost the match, Chris Gayle was awarded Player of the Match for his strong knock.
In the season, West Indies players forged two more 100 plus partnerships at the opening level. Interestingly, it was only Chris Gayle who aided the stretches. In T20 format, Australia has the record number of 100 plus-runs partnership between the opening pair. Gayle and Smith’s partnership being the highest, the partnership between Kamran Akmal and Salmal Butt in 2010 season of the tournament is the second highest. The players scored 142 runs against Bangladesh.
India players Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag scored 136 runs together against England in 2007 season. This is the third highest opening partnership in T20 World Cup. It was also the second in 2007 season of the tournament. In the next version of World 20 held in 2009, the highest opening partnership was of 133 runs, also by West Indies. It was between A Fletcher and Chris Gayle. The partnership of first wicket in the first game of the maiden World T20 tournament is still the highest. However, in cricket a record has a chance of been broken in every next match and 2007 knock is also awaiting its moment.
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