Today we bring you the highest partnerships at T20 World Cup 2009. The International Cricket Council (ICC) introduced a world cup championship in the 20-over format in 2007. The second edition, ICC T20 World Cup 2009, was hosted by England and 12 teams participated in the tournament. The world witnessed some of the huge record-breaking partnerships built in this tournament. Here, in this article, we have mentioned the top 5 highest partnerships at T20 World Cup 2009.
5. Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya: 81 runs against Pakistan
Sri Lanka opening pair Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya once again set up the match-winning partnership for the first wicket. Dilshan smacked the deliveries of Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul and went on to score 46 runs off 39 balls, striking 8 boundaries.
Jayasuriya who made 26 off 24 balls, stitched up 81 runs partnership with Dilshan before losing his wicket. Their partnership became the fifth on the highest partnerships at T20 World Cup 2009. Sri Lanka put up 150 at the loss of 7 wickets on the board. In reply, Pakistan could not chase down the target and was restricted to 131/9.
4. Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis: 87 runs against Scotland
Scotland played the second match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2009 tournament against South Africa. It was important for them to win the match to be alive in the competition as they had already lost their first match against New Zealand. However, the South African skipper Graeme Smith ended Scotland’s hope after setting up a partnership with the all-rounder Jacques Kallis.
Asked to bat first, Kallis made a 31-ball 48 and added 87 runs in 9.3 overs for the first wicket with Smith who scored 38 runs and made the fourth on the highest partnerships at T20 World Cup 2009. AB de Villiers’s blistering knock of unbeaten 79 runs led South Africa to set the highest total of the tournament, 211 runs (211/5). In reply, Scotland was folded up for just 81 runs at the Oval as South Africa crushed them by 130 runs.
3. Ravi Bopara and Luke Wright: 102 runs against the Netherlands
This was the opening match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2009 where the host England faced a shocking defeat against the underdog Netherlands though Ravi Bopara and John Wright set the third on the highest partnerships at T20 World Cup 2009. Put in to bat, England got off to a great start with Ravi Bopara scoring 46 and Luke Wright hitting 71 runs off 49 balls adding 102 for the opening wicket partnership in 11.2 overs.
Once the Netherlands pacer Ryan ten Doeschate got Bopara, things went downhill for England. Wright kept the team going at one end but the others collapsed as England settled for only 162/5 in 20 overs. In reply, the underdog Netherlands chased down the target on the last ball of the match and they won the match by 4 wickets.
2. Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya: 124 runs against West Indies
Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya played the quick-firing innings against West Indies which led Sri Lanka to register the third-highest total by a team in the ICC T20 World Cup 2019. Sri Lanka was asked to bat first as they lost the toss. The openers Dilshan and Jayasuriya thrashed the Caribbean bowlers and registered 124 runs partnership which became the second on the highest partnerships at T20 World Cup 2009.
Dilshan scored 74 off 47 balls, striking 11 fours and a six while Jayasuriya scored 81 off 47 balls, striking 10 boundaries and 3 sixes. Sri Lanka set up the target of 193 runs with the help of their partnership. Finally, the West Indies faced defeat as they lost the game by 15 runs.
1. Chris Gayle and Andre Fletcher: 133 runs against Australia
West Indies started their ICC T20 World Cup 2009 campaign by winning against Australia. Ricky Ponting-led Australia had set a fighting target of 170 runs but it fell short in front of the explosive batsman Chris Gayle. The West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle and Andre Fletcher led the team to chase down the target. The duo set up 133 runs partnership which led the highest partnerships at T20 World Cup 2009.
Gayle smashed Australia’s bowling line up with the likes of Mitchell Johnson, Shane Watson, Nathan Bracken and Bret Lee. He amassed 88 runs off 50 balls, striking 6 gigantic sixes and 6 boundaries, before losing the wicket to Bret Lee. His opening partner Fletcher scored 53 runs off 32 balls and hit 7 fours and 1 six. In the end, Ramnaresh Sarwan scored match-winning runs to guide the team to victory by seven wickets.
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