Top 5 Highest Opening Partnerships In ODI
Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq, on Friday (July 20), rewrote history by adding 304 runs for the opening wicket against Zimbabwe. As a result, Pakistan posted a record-breaking total of 399 for 1 - their highest total in ODIs. Fakhar Zaman starred with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 210 while Imam scored 113. Towards the end, Asif Ali hammered a 22-ball fifty to ensure Pakistan finish strongly. The 304-run partnership is the the highest opening partnership in ODI history. So with Fakhar and Imam rewriting history, we take a look at Top 5 Highest Opening Partnerships In ODI.
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Top 5 Highest Opening Partnerships In ODI
Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan
Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock:
David Warner and Travis Head
Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya
Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul Haq
Considering the fact that the ball helps the bowlers the most during the start of an innings, there is no denying that opening the innings is not any easy task. But over the years, the game of cricket has witnessed some openers who have enthralled the world with their sheer brilliance at the top of the order. So we take a look at some who have made it to the records for their exploits while opening the batting:
5. Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan:
At number five in the list of Top 5 Highest Opening Partnerships In ODI are Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan for their stand against Zimbabwe in the 2011 World Cup. The openers were in top form during that competition, helping Sri Lanka to reach the final. They made their intentions clear by adding together 283 runs against Zimbabwe in the group encounter.
They collected those runs in less than 45 overs. Dilshan top-scored for the Islanders, scoring 144 Tharanga scored 133. Sri Lanka posted a massive 327 to win the game by 139 runs.
4. Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock:
At number four in the list of Top 5 Highest Opening Partnerships In ODI are Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla.
The South African openers also added 282 runs for the first wicket. They did it against Bangladesh in Kimberley on 15th October 2017. Batting first, the visitors managed to score a challenging 278. However, the score turned out to be too less in the end as Amla and de Kock made light work of it.
De Kock was the aggressor during the partnership, scoring 168 while Amla played the second-fiddle's role to notch 110.
3. David Warner and Travis Head:
At number three in the list of Top 5 Highest Opening Partnerships In ODI are David Warner and Travis Head.
The Australian duo added a mammoth 284 runs against Pakistan in the fifth ODI at Adelaide in 2017. They fell short by just 3 runs to break the all-time record for highest opening stand in ODI.
By the time the stand was broken by Junaid Khan, Warner had scored his career-best 179. Head scored 128 as Australia posted a massive 369 before dismissing Pakistan for 312 to complete a whitewash. The 284-run stand is the highest partnership against Pakistan in ODIs. It is also the highest for any wicket by an Australian pair in ODIs.
2. Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya:
At number two in the list of Top 5 Highest Opening Partnerships In ODI are Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya.
Tharanga has made it to the list again albeit with a different partner - Sanath Jayasuriya. England must have thought they would end up on the winning side after scoring 321 at Headingley. However, Tharanga and Jayasuriya had some other plans. The duo added a world record opening partnership of 286 runs in just 31.5 overs to dash the hosts' hopes.
Jayasuriya starred with the bat, slamming 152 not out off just 99 balls while Tharanga scored 109. As a result, Sri Lanka chased down 322 with 8 wickets and 75 balls to spare.
1. Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul Haq:
At number one in the list of Top 5 Highest Opening Partnerships In ODI are Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq.
The duo rewrote history books by adding 304 runs for the first wicket. It was the first time the openers crossed the 300-run barrier in ODIs.
Fakhar starred with the bat, scoring 210 not out off just 156 balls. In the process, he also became the first Pakistani to score a double century in ODIs. Imam, on the other hand, scored a calm and composed 113. As a result of the massive opening stand, Pakistan scored 399 for 1.