Highest Opening Partnership in T20 International

A strong opening partnership is crucial in T20 cricket as it sets the tone for the rest of the innings. The openers need to score quickly from the start, allowing the batters to follow to keep up the aggressive approach. A blistering start by the opening pair puts pressure on the opposition and enables the other batters to continue attacking without worry.Check the Highest Opening Partnership in T20 International Cricket in below list.

Highest Opening Partnership in T20 International

The highest opening partnership in T20s

Batsmen (Team)Runs AgainstVenueDate
Hazratullah Zazai,Usman Ghani
236IrelandDehradun23 Feb 2019
Aaron Finch and DJM Short
223ZimbabweHarare3 Jul 2018
George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer
200NetherlandsDublin16 Sep 2019
Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam
197South AfricaCenturion19 Apr 2021
Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson
(New Zealand)
171*PakistanHamilton17 Jan 2016
Graeme Smith & Loots Bosman
(South Africa)
170EnglandCenturion15 Nov 2009
Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul
165Sri LankaIndore22 Dec 2017
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan
160IrelandDublin27 Jun 2018
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan
158NZDelhi1 Nov 2017
Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam
158WIKarachi16 Dec 2021
Paul Hennessy, Awais Ahmed
155MaltaCartagena30 Mar 2019
Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien
154West IndiesSt George’s15 Jan 2020
Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam
Pakistan (T20 World Cup 2021)
152*IndiaDubai24 Oct 2021
Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam
150EnglandNottingham17 Jul 2021
Chris Gayle and Devon Smith
West Indies
149South AfricaNottingham11 Sep 2007

The highest 1st wicket partnership in T20 International history is 236 runs made by Hazratullah Zazai and Usman Ghani of Afghanistan against Ireland at Dehradun on 23 February 2019. To this day, it remains the highest 1st wicket partnership in the history of T20 Internationals.

Record-Breaking Stand by Afghanistan

The highest opening partnership in T20 Internationals was scripted by Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai and Usman Ghani. They amassed a staggering 236 runs against Ireland at Dehradun on February 23, 2019. This incredible stand remains the highest opening partnership in T20I history.

2nd Highest Total Partnership in T20

The second highest of 223 runs came from Australia’s Aaron Finch and D’Arcy Short versus Zimbabwe in 2018. Finch blasted a record individual score of 172 in that match.

India’s Highest Opening Stand in T20

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul hold the record for India’s 3rd highest opening partnership in T20 Internationals. On December 22, 2017, they put together a massive 165-run stand against the West Indies in Indore.

Rohit scored a blistering 118 runs from just 43 balls, while Rahul made an impressive 89 runs from 49 deliveries. Their big knocks powered India to chase down the target easily.

On September 19, 2007, Indian opening batsmen Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag made history in Durban against England. They put together a partnership of 136 runs for the first wicket. Their big opening stand of 136 runs was a new record for India at that time. Gambhir scored 58 runs while Sehwag made a quick 68 runs. 

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Other Notable Opening Stands

Here are some other notable highest opening partnerships in T20I cricket:

  • Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt (Pakistan): 142 runs against Bangladesh on May 1, 2010, at Gros Islet.
  • Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka): 124 runs against the West Indies at Nottingham on June 10, 2009.
  • Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das (Bangladesh): 92 runs, their highest opening partnership in T20Is.

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