Today we bring you the highest partnerships at T20 World Cup 2007. The International Cricket Council (ICC) introduced a world cup championship in the 20-over format in 2007. The first edition, ICC T20 World Cup 2007, was hosted by South Africa and 12 teams participated in the tournament. The world witnessed some of the huge partnerships built in this tournament for the first time since the invention of T20 cricket. Here, in this article, we have mentioned the top 5 highest partnerships made in the ICC T20 World Cup 2007.
5. Aftab Ahmed and Mohammad Ashraful: 109 against West Indies
In the T20 World Cup 2007 campaign, this was a memorable match for Bangladesh as they latched Chris Gayle’s wicket for a duck. However, with the help of Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Devon Smith, West Indies set up the target of 165 runs for the Tigers. Bangladesh skipper Mohammad Ashraful played a captain’s knock when his side was losing wickets.
He mustered match-winning 109 runs partnership with Aftab Ahmed who scored unbeaten 62 off 49. Ashraful scored 61 runs off 27 balls before losing his wicket in the 15th over. His innings included 7 fours and 3 sixes. In the end, Bangladesh won the match by 6 wickets. Listed among the highest partnerships at T20 World Cup 2007.
4. Shoaib Malik and Misbah-ul-Haq: 119 runs against Australia
Pakistani pacer Sohail Tanvir demolished Australia’s batting line-up who managed to score 164/7 in the first innings. In reply, Australia also enjoyed early success as they dismissed 4 Pakistani batsmen within seven overs. However, the skipper Shoaib Malik and Misbah-ul-Haq changed the match scenario.
Malik remained unbeaten and scored 52 off 38 balls, striking 2 sixes and 4 boundaries. His batting partner Misbah went on to smack 7 boundaries and scored 66 off 42 balls. The duo set up a mature partnership of 119 runs for the fifth wicket and ushered Pakistan to the road of victory. Listed among the highest partnerships at T20 World Cup 2007.
3. Herschelle Gibbs and Justin Kemp: 120 runs against West Indies
In the same match, Chris Gayle and Devon Smith mustered the highest partnership of the tournament, Herschelle Gibbs and Justin Kemp also struck a powerful partnership which led them to victory. West Indies had given a mammoth target of 206 runs to South Africa but it still fell short in front of Gibbs’ power-hitting.
The Proteas opening batsman scored unbeaten 90 runs off 55 balls at the startling strike-rate of 163.63. Kemp garnered not out 46 runs off 22 balls and set up 120 runs partnership with Gibbs which helped South Africa to chase down the target and register a win by eight wickets. It became the third-highest partnerships at T20 World Cup 2007.
2. Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag: 136 runs against England
This Super 8 stage match of ICC T20 World Cup 2007 between India and England is remembered for Yuvraj Singh’s power-hitting sixes. The middle-order batsman had left Stuart Broad for no mercy as Yuvraj created history as he struck six consecutive sixes (in six balls) in Broad’s single over.
However, in this match, Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag had also given equal contribution to guide the team to set up 219 runs target. Gambhir scored 58 off 41 balls and stitched up 136 runs partnership with his opening partner Virender Sehwag who amassed 68 off 52 runs. India won that match by 18 runs. Listed among the top 2 of the highest partnerships at T20 World Cup 2007.
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1. Chris Gayle and Devon Smith: 145 runs against South Africa
This was the inaugural match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2007 where Chris Gayle and Davon Smith showed the power with their bat. Gayle was unstoppable on that day as he went on to smack ten sixes and seven fours in his 117 runs knock which he achieved in just 57 balls.
He stitched up a 145 runs partnership with another opener Devon Smith who scored 35 runs off 34 balls. The duo guided West Indies to put the 206 runs target against the hosts South Africa. Disappointingly, West Indies could not defend their total and lost the match by eight wickets Listed on the top of the highest partnerships at T20 World Cup 2007.
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