Top 10 Highest Partnerships In Cricket World Cup History

Starting from the highest partnerships between the West Indies batters Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, here are the top 10 records you need to know.

Top 10 highest partnerships in Cricket World Cup history you need to know!

Since the inaugural edition of the Cricket World Cup in 1975, there have been tremendous batting performances and partnerships. Over the years, several highest partnerships have resulted in shifting the momentum of the game towards the batting side, which created sensational records. At times, even a settled batter gets the chance to score a double century and include a remarkable milestone in their white-ball cricket career.

Also, the explosive batting performance and the thrilling run chases intensify the game and captivate the viewers’ interest to a great extent.

It would be interesting to find out the top 10 highest partnerships for any wicket in the history of the cricket World Cup and the individual score by the batsmen during the innings in detail…

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10 Best Partnerships in the Cricket World Cup from 1975 to 2023

Starting from the highest partnerships between the West Indies batters Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, here are the top 10 records you need to know:

1. Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels (WEST INDIES): 372 runs against Zimbabwe in 2015

On 24th February 2015, Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels guided West Indies to a total of 372-2 in 50 overs against Zimbabwe, following the silver duck out of their opening batter Dwayne Smith.

Moreover, Chris Gayle became the first West Indies batter and the fourth international cricketer to achieve a double century in an ODI match by scoring 215 runs from just 147 balls (including 10 fours and 16 sixes) at a strike rate of 146.26. Additionally, Marlon Samuels played a supportive knock of *133 runs from 156 balls (including 11 fours and 3 sixes) at a strike rate of 85.26.

The partnership of 372 runs between Gayle and Samuels became the highest in terms of all wickets, as well as the 2nd wicket.

2. Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid (INDIA): 318 runs against Sri Lanka in 1999

The 318 partnership between Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid became the 2nd highest in World Cup history, which helped India secure a 157-run victory against Sri Lanka. On 26th May 1999, Ganguly scored a thunderous knock of 183 runs from just 158 balls (including 17 fours and 7 sixes) at a strike rate of 115.82 and Dravid scored 145 runs from just 129 balls (including 17 fours and 1 six) with 112.40 strike rate powered Team India to a total of 373–6 n 50 overs.

3. Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan (SRI LANKA): 282 runs against Zimbabwe in 2011

The highest opening partnership of 282 runs in World Cup history between Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan, steered Sri Lanka to post a total of 327-6 in 50 overs against Zimbabwe.

Tharanga scored 133 runs from 141 balls (including 17 fours) with a strike rate of 94.33 and Dishan’s stunning performance of 144 runs from 131 balls (including 16 fours and 1 six) with a 109.92 strike rate, made it too tough for the Zimbabwe bowlers to tackle.

4. Rachin Ravindra and Devon Conway (NEW ZEALAND): *273 runs against England in 2023

Chasing a target of 283 runs in the opening match of the 2023 World Cup against England, Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra maintained a steady 273-run partnership.

Conway scored an unbeaten century of *152 runs from 121 balls (including 19 fours and 3 sixes). Whereas, Ravindra became the 4th Kiwi player to achieve a century on a World Cup debut by scoring *123 runs from 96 balls (including 11 fours and 5 sixes). Both these batters conveniently chased down the target in just 36.2 overs and secured a 9-wicket win for their team.

5. David Warner and Steve Smith (AUSTRALIA): 260 runs against Afghanistan in 2015

On 4th March 2015, Australia posted a mammoth total of 417-6 in 50 overs against Afghanistan riding on the 260-run partnership between David Warner and Steve Smith.

Warner played a destructive knock of 178 runs from just 133 balls (including 19 fours and 5 sixes) and Smith played a supportive role by scoring 95 runs from 98 balls (including 8 fours and 1 six). Consequently, the Aussies secured a massive victory against the Afghans by 275 runs.

6. David Warner and Mitchell Marsh (AUSTRALIA): 259 runs against Pakistan in 2023

The 259-run opening partnership between David Warner and Mitchell Marsh propelled Australia to a massive total of 367-9 in 50 overs.

Warner put up a blistering knock of 163 runs from 124 balls (including 14 fours and 9 sixes) with a strike rate of 131.45 and Marsh scored 121 runs from 108 balls (including 10 fours and 9 sixes) with a 112.04 strike rate providing a tough challenge to Pakistan’s bowling attack.

7.  J.P. Duminy and David Miller (SOUTH AFRICA): *256 runs against Zimbabwe in 2015

The highest 5th wicket partnership of 256 runs in a World Cup match was formed by two South African batters, namely J.P. Duminy and David Miller.

The Proteas were struggling at a score of 83-4 in 20.2 overs. Ultimately, David Miller’s unbeaten knock of *132 runs from 92 balls (including 7 fours and 9 sixes) with an impressive strike rate of 150.00 and J.P. Duminy’s century of *115 runs from 100 balls (including 9 fours and 3 sixes) guided South Africa to a total of 339-4 in 50 overs. Ultimately, South Africa won the match by 62 runs against Zimbabwe.

8. Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla (SOUTH AFRICA): 247 runs against Ireland in 2015

South Africa posted a huge total of 411-4 in 50 overs, aided by the 2nd wicket partnership of 247 runs between Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla.

Hashim Amla scored 159 runs from 128 balls ( including 16 fours and 4 sixes) at a strike rate of 124.22 and Faf du Plessis’ supportive knock of 109 runs from 109 balls (including 10 fours and 1 six) with a strike rate of 100.00 made it completely impossible for the Ireland bowlers to restrict the flow of runs.

9. Sachin Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly (INDIA): 244 runs against Namibia in 1999

The 244-run partnership between Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly pushed Team India’s total to 311-2 in 50 overs. Sachin’s steady knock of 152 runs from 151 balls (including 18 fours) proved crucial in the 2nd wicket stand and encouraged Ganguly to score *112 runs from 119 balls (including 6 fours and 4 sixes).

10. Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid (INDIA): *237 runs against Kenya in 1999

The 237-run partnership between Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid against Kenya remains the 3rd highest stand in the history of the World Cup.

Sachin scored an unbeaten century of *140 runs from 101 balls (including 16 fours and 3 sixes) and Dravid with his enthusiastic performance of *104 runs from 109 balls (including 10 fours) helped Team India reach a total of 329-6 in 50 overs and secure a 94-run victory.

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