Today we bring you the highest partnerships in 2010 T20 World Cup. Cricket- a sport that requires the highest amount of skill and practice to attain perfection. The fact that there are two distinct theorists in the world of cricket is quite evident. The first category of people is loyal supporters of test cricket. They are quite in favor of the traditional form of the sport, where grit, determination, and patience are the key phrases of success. The red ball, the whites, the atmosphere, the skill to survive the swinging and seaming deliveries, and the drive to bat for a longer duration- these are things which make Test Cricket, the epitome of a challenge for any cricketer.
The second category of cricket lovers includes those who favor dynamism and innovation. To them, long gone are the days when a batsman would be occupying the crease for hours on hold and would be scoring at a strike rate of around 50. Now is the age of entertainment and generation of revenue. Thus the slam-bang form of cricket must be stimulated to make the sport popular among the younger generation.
With the above-mentioned objectives in mind, the International Cricket Council began its journey with its inaugural 2007 World T20 competitions. Since it’s an unparalleled success, there have been five more tournaments. IPL and Big Bash League have been major feathers to the caps of the individual cricket committees. Partnerships, as we all know, are integral to the cause of winning a match. Following is an analysis of the highest partnerships in 2010 T20 World Cup, played in West Indies-
5. Michael Hussey and Cameron White 101* vs Sri Lanka
Michael Hussey’s commitment to the craft made him one of the fiercest competitors on the cricket field and one of the finest Australian batsmen of all time. During that particular match, Sri Lanka was able to pick up early wickets in the form of the devastating duo of David Warner and Shane Watson. It was a precarious time when Hussey came to the crease and steadied the ship.
It was Cameron White, the explosive Australian lower-order batsman, in whom Hussey found an able ally. They plummeted Sri Lanka in the slog overs to post a competitive 168. Then their bowlers bowled out the Lankan batting at a paltry score of 87. Among the highest partnerships in 2010 T20 World Cup.
4. Shane Watson and David Warner 104 vs India
The Australia India clash was billed as a high profile game with two explosive batting line ups going head to head. After Australia was told to bat first, their aggressive openers Warner and Watson bludgeoned the Indian bowling line up to all parts of the ground.
Warner scored an imperious 72 with Watson playing the perfect foil with a well made 54. Owing to this, Australia was able to post a mammoth total of 184, which India wasn’t able to chase. Among the highest partnerships in 2010 T20 World Cup.
3. Craig Kieswetter and Kevin Pietersen 111 vs Australia
Kieswetter reserved his best for the final where he played an explosive knock of 60 odd runs. Chasing a target of 148 in the final, Craig with Pietersen, the star of the tournament punished the Australian bowling line up with shots all around the ground. Some of the sixes hit by Craig landed on the top tiers of the stadium.
Both the batsmen were in imperious form throughout the tournament and reserved their absolute best for the all-important finale. Kevin Pietersen was declared the Player of the Tournament for his incredibly consistent performances all throughout the campaign. Among the highest partnerships in 2010 T20 World Cup.
2. Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt 142 vs Bangladesh
This was billed as a tight contest with two very competitive teams. However, Pakistan trumped Bangladesh on pure talent and skill level. Their opening partnership of 142 between stroke maker Salman Butt and the animated Wicketkeeper Batsman Kamran Akmal blunted all hopes of a giant killer.
Although Bangladesh mounted a challenge during their chase, they fell short of their target by a handsome 20 run margin. Among the highest partnerships in 2010 T20 World Cup.
1. Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene 166 vs West Indies
The two modern greats of world cricket combined for another moment of brilliance at the grandest stage- A World Cup. We had long been awed by several classic partnerships that these two had forged over the years. Mahela was at his absolute best incising the field with the surgeon-like precision that he was revered for. He scored a blistering 98.
Sangakkara, on the other hand, was his usual elegant self, making each shot look like poetry in motion, just as only he can. He scored a well made 68. The partnership crushed West Indies’s hopes of mounting any sort of reversal. Led the highest partnerships in 2010 T20 World Cup.
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