Famously known as “Shaheens” or “Men in Green”, Pakistan made their debut in the game in October 1952. They played archrival India in their first ever test match after the International Cricket Council (ICC) granted them “Test status.” Since then, this team has taken some giant steps in the game of cricket.
Pakistan is known for producing some brilliant fast bowlers in the game. But their batting strength has also been brilliant over the years. Pakistan has enjoyed a good amount of success against every opposition in this game. But then, there are some teams that have gotten the better of them over the period. This article is related to such stats, where we will cover the list of the highest test partnerships against Pakistan in history.
Highest Partnership against Pakistan in Test
|Conrad Hunte and Garry Sobers||446||2nd||West Indies||Kingston||26 Feb 1958|
|Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera||437||4th||Sri Lanka||Karachi||21 Feb 2009|
|Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid||410||1st||India||Lahore||13 Jan 2006|
|Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls||369||4th||New Zealand||Christchurch||3 Jan 2021|
|Graeme Smith and Herschelle Gibbs||368||1st||South Africa||Cape Town||2 Jan 2003|
|David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne||361||2nd||Australia||Adelaide||29 Nov 2019|
|Zak Crawley and Jos Buttler||359||5th||England||Southampton||21 Aug 2020|
|Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke||352||4th||Australia||Hobart||14 Jan 2010|
|Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers||338||5th||South Africa||Dubai (DSC)||23 Oct 2013|
|Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar||336||3rd||India||Multan||28 Mar 2004|
3. Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid (410 runs) for 1st wicket in 2006
India registered the third-highest partnership against Pakistan, which came for the opening wicket. It was a game between these two teams in Lahore in January 2006. That was the last time when India played a test series in Pakistan. It was the first game of the series and Pakistan played well in the first inning. They declared it 679/7, with four batters scoring a century.
Younis Khan (199), Mohammad Yousuf (173), Shahid Afridi (103), and Kamran Akmal (102*) all scored hundreds. It was a big total, and India needed a good start. That is what happened when both Indian openers came out to bat. The pair of Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid tore apart the Pakistan bowlers and added 410 runs for the first wicket. Dravid made 128 not out, and Sehwag scored 254 runs with 47 fours and one six. India made 410/1 in 77.2 overs, when the game ended in a draw.
2. Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera (437 runs) for 4th wicket in 2009
The second biggest partnership against Pakistan in test cricket was made when Sri Lanka toured there for two tests in February-March 2009. It was the first game in Karachi. This game saw big centuries from both teams. After winning the toss, Sri Lanka batted first. They batted well and posted 644/7 in 155.2 overs and declared with two double centuries. Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera added 437 runs for the fourth wicket, laying a good foundation.
Jayawardene made 240 runs and Samaraweera made 231 runs during that partnership. Pakistan also replied to them in a solid way and declared their inning at 765/6 in 248.5 overs. Skipper Younis Khan scored a triple century and made 313 runs. Sri Lanka reached 144/5 in their second inning when both captains agreed to a draw.
1. Conrad Hunte and Garry Sobers (446 runs) for 2nd wicket in 1958
The biggest test partnership against Pakistan was recorded in March 1958, when Pakistan faced West Indies in Kingston. It came in the third game of the five-match series, with Pakistan winning the toss and deciding to bat first. Imtiaz Ahmed (122) scored a century, and Pakistan made 328 runs in their first inning. When West Indies came out to bat, they had a huge partnership for the second wicket between Conrad Hunte and Garry Sobers.
Both batters scored their career-best scores and added 446 runs to the partnership. Hunte made 260 runs with 28 fours and one six. Sobers scored an unbeaten 365 runs, including 38 boundaries. As a result, West Indies declared their inning at 790/3 in 208.1 overs and took a lead of 428 runs. In the second inning, Pakistan got bowled out for 288 runs and lost the game by an inning and 174 runs.