Century partnership in the very first match of T20 WC 2024, two of the top 5 partnerships of the tournament were against Team India

New Delhi. The T20 World Cup 2024 has started with a century partnership. In the opening match between the US and Canada, the pair of Andreas Gaus and Aaron Jones shared a 131-run partnership for the third wicket to ensure a 7-wicket victory for the hosts USA. The second century partnership of this World Cup was registered by the pair of Afghanistan’s Rahmatullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran against Uganda. In this match of June 3, these two batsmen shared a 154-run partnership for the first wicket in which Gurbaz scored 76 off 45 balls with the help of four fours and four sixes and Zadran scored 70 off 46 balls with the help of 9 fours and a six.

In the T20 World Cup, which started in 2007, there have been more than 40 century partnerships so far, including five partnerships of more than 150 runs. Out of these five 150+ partnerships, two are against the Indian team (Team India). Not only this, the biggest partnership of the tournament is also against Team India. In the semi-final of the T20 World Cup held in Australia in the year 2022, England’s Alex Hales and captain Jos Buttler forced India to face a shameful defeat of 10 wickets by adding an unbeaten 170 runs for the first wicket. Let us tell you, India is the only team that has lost the match by a big margin of 10 wickets twice in the T20 World Cup so far.

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Let’s take a look at partnerships of more than 150 runs in the T20 World Cup.

170 not out, England Vs India
The record for the biggest partnership of the T20 World Cup was made in the second semi-final of 2022. The unbeaten 170-run partnership between England captain Jos Buttler and Alex Hales made this match in Adelaide one-sided. England made it to the final with a 10-wicket win in the match and then defeated Pakistan by 5 wickets in the title match to become the second team to win the T20 World Cup twice. In this semi-final match, India scored 168 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs with the help of Virat Kohli’s 50 and Hardik Pandya’s 63 runs. In reply, England reached the target in just 16 overs without losing any wicket thanks to knocks by Jos Buttler (80 not out, 49 balls, 9 fours and 3 sixes) and Alex Hales (86 not out, 47 balls, 4 fours and 7 sixes).

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168 runs, South Africa vs Bangladesh
The second biggest partnership of T20 World Cup also happened in 2022. South Africa’s Quinton de Kock and Rilee Rossouw added 168 runs for the second wicket in the match against Bangladesh. During this, de Kock scored 63 runs with the help of seven fours and three sixes in 38 balls and Rossouw scored 109 runs with the help of seven fours and eight sixes in 56 balls. Batting first, South Africa scored 205 runs for 5 wickets in 20 overs due to the important contribution of these two batsmen. In response, the Bangladesh team was reduced to 101 in 16.3 overs. South Africa won the match by 104 runs.

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166 runs, Sri Lanka vs West Indies

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In the 2010 World Cup held in the Caribbean Islands, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene added 166 runs for the second wicket against host West Indies. This is the third-highest partnership in the T20 World Cup. Batting first in Bridgetown, Sri Lanka scored 195 runs for the loss of 3 wickets with the help of Jayawardene’s unbeaten 98 (56 balls, 9 fours and four sixes) and Sangakkara’s 68 (49 balls, 5 fours and three sixes). In reply, the West Indies team could only score 138 runs for 8 wickets in 20 overs. Ajantha Mendis and Lasith Malinga took three wickets each to ensure Sri Lanka’s victory of 57 runs.

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152 not out, Pakistan vs India

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In the T20 World Cup 2021, Pakistan openers Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam had an unbeaten 152-run partnership for the first wicket in the match against India. In this match, the Virat Kohli brigade was forced to drink the bitter cup of 10-wicket defeat. Nothing went well for Team India in this match held in Dubai amid the Corona epidemic. Shaheen Afridi spoiled India’s start by dismissing Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul early. Thanks to captain Virat’s 57 and Rishabh Pant’s 39 runs, Team India was able to reach 151 runs for 7 wickets in 20 overs. In reply, Rizwan’s unbeaten 79 (55 balls, six fours and three sixes) and captain Babar Azam’s unbeaten 68 (52 balls, six fours and two sixes) gave Pakistan an easy win. Let us tell you, in the T20 World Cup 2024, the ‘high voltage’ match between arch rivals India and Pakistan (India Vs Pakistan) is to be held on 9 June.

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152 runs, England Vs Sri Lanka
England has another record of a partnership of more than 150 runs, which was made by the pair of Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan for the third wicket against Sri Lanka in the 2014 T20 World Cup. In this match, England had a disappointing start while chasing Sri Lanka’s score of 189 for 4 wickets and the wickets of Michael Lumb (0) and Moin Ali (0) fell in the very first over. England suffered two setbacks before the account was opened. After this, Hales and Morgan paved the way for the team’s victory by adding 152 runs for the third wicket. Morgan was out as the third wicket after scoring 57 runs (38 balls, seven fours and two sixes). After the dismissal of Buttler as the fourth wicket, Hales (116 not out, 64 balls, 11 fours and 6 sixes) along with Ravi Bopara (11 not out) led the team to a 6-wicket win in 19.2 overs.

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