The topic we discuss today is the highest partnerships at T20 World Cup 2012. With a calibrated knowledge we can all acknowledge the importance of partnership in any format of the game be it with the bat and the ball. Since cricket is a composite team game it involves the active interaction and communication between the strike bowlers as well as the batsmen who are playing together.
Whenever we talk of exquisite batting partnerships we are reminded of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes, and Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden. Well not only is the practice prevalent in batting but also the bowling department.
Some of the fiercest bowling combinations in cricket history include that of Jeff Thompson and Dennis Lillie, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis and Michael Holding and Andy Roberts. However, T20 cricket has had its share of brilliant batting partnerships over the years. Following is a list of some of the highest partnerships at T20 World Cup 2012 which took place in Sri Lanka-
5. J. Charles and Chris Gayle (West Indies) 103 vs England
Chris Gayle’s ability to hit the ball is something which if further discussed is only going to question and demean the extraordinary abilities of a great player. Gayle thought was a nervous wreck at the beginning of his innings. But once he got settled he was like a blizzard with no signs of slowing down.
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On that day, a Gayle blizzard struck with a flurry of offense against England in Pallekele. With the able support of J. Charles, the duo scored 103 for the opening partnership. It was later rated as the best match of the T20 World Cup 2012. Among the highest partnerships at T20 World Cup 2012.
4. Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales (England) 107 vs West Indies
There have been very few players in recent memory of the shorter formats of the game who can strike a ball as cleanly as Eoin Morgan can. The diminutive left-hander who comes down the order possesses the ability to finish matches on his own once he gets settled.
In that match against West Indies in Pallekele, he received able assistance from Alex Hales, who again was an extremely hard-hitting opener with the reputation of possessing the ability to take any attack to the cleaners. After initial hiccups, the two steadied the ship for England with a 4th wicket partnership of 107. Among the highest partnerships at T20 World Cup 2012.
3. Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) 108* vs West Indies
Whenever a list that includes the best partnerships ever crops up, you just cannot tend to ignore the presence of Jayawardene and Sangakkara. Two of the greatest batsmen in the history of the modern game, they have been exponents of sheer classic batting for well over a decade. Their insatiable hunger to score runs and win countless games for Sri Lanka in all formats of the game have made them completely stand out among the others.
The fact that they have such a great bond between them enhances their communication level. During a match against West Indies in the 2012 T20 world cup, Mahela and Sangakkara stitched an unbroken 108* run partnership in Pallekele, which went a long way in establishing their dominance over the eventual champions. Among the highest partnerships at T20 World Cup 2012.
2. Mohammad Hafeez and Imran Nazir (Pakistan) 124 vs Bangladesh
Hafeez in his prime was an absolute treat to watch with elegant stroke play and an ability to steady the ship whenever the team was in complete disarray, something that happened all too often for the Pakistan national team in all formats of the game.
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However, Pakistan hardly put a foot wrong in that match against Bangladesh in Pallekele where Hafeez and his opening partner Imran Nazir, a perennial bright talent of Pakistan put up 124 runs for the first wicket. Among the highest partnerships at T20 World Cup 2012.
1. Shane Watson and David Warner (Australia) 133 vs India
Both these explosive openers had a special talent- the ability to clear the ropes with ease. While Watson was more of a muscle man, Warner too used brute strength coupled with timing to torment the opposition bowlers. On that night against India, they decimated the Indian bowling attack with their tremendous power hitting.
The Indian bowling line up comprising expert spinners and wily fast bowlers had no answer to the barrage of boundaries and sixes that rained in Colombo that night. This one led the highest partnerships at T20 World Cup 2012.
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