Highest 5th Wicket Partnership in T20 International

In the shortest format of a cricket game where overs are limited to 20, it is very difficult to add big runs for the 5th wicket. It can only be achieved if two batsmen come earlier in the inning. But if a team has solid batsmen in the middle order then it provides more depth in the batting line that helps to stand back when a team’s top order fails and loses 3-4 wickets very early. In the T20I, there is a necessity of having a long batting lineup to fight back in the match at any time and dominate the opposition. Most of the team includes power hitter batsman at the number 6 position. For instance, Hardik Pandya, Ben Stokes, Ashen Bandara, Jason Holder, are the players in the middle order that can change the situation of the match and can make runs at the required run rate at any time.

Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have also scored unbeaten 100+ runs for the 5th wicket against Australia at Rajkot on 10 Oct 2013. Afghanistan is at the number 2 position with 107 runs of partnership for the fifth wicket, followed by India and then England. There are 6 times when a team scored 90+ runs, 9 times for runs between 80 & 90, and 22 times in the range of 70-80 runs, for the 5th wicket partnership in T20 international. For Zimbabwe, SC Williams and Sikandar Raza struck 60 runs for the 5th wicket and that is the lowest world record of the 5th wicket partnership in the history of T20 International.

Highest Fifth Wicket Partnership in T20 International

Here is a list of the highest fifth wicket partnership in T20 International

Batsmen (Team)

Runs

Against

Venue

Date

Shoaib Malik and Misbah-ul-Haq
(Pakistan)

119*

Australia

Johannesburg

18 Sep 2007

Curtis Campher and George Dockrell
Ireland
119* Scotland Hobart 19 Oct 2022
Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya
(T20 World Cup 2022) India
113 Pakistan Melbourne 23 Oct 2022

Najibullah Zadran and Mohammad Nabi
(Afghanistan)

107

Zimbabwe

Dhaka

14 Sep 2019

Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni
(India)

102*

Australia

Rajkot

10 Oct 2013

Paul Collingwood and Owais Shah
(England)

102

New Zealand

Christchurch

7 Feb 2008

Manish Pandey and MS Dhoni
(India)

98*

South Africa

Centurion

21 Feb 2018

Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi
(Afghanistan)

98

Zimbabwe

Nagpur

12 Mar 2016

Eoin Morgan and Luke Wright (England)

95

West Indies

Providence

3 May 2010

Joe Root and Ravi Bopara (England)

95

Australia

Southampton

29 Aug 2013

Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah
Bangladesh)

91*

West Indies 

Dhaka

20 Dec 2018

Deusdedit Muhumuza,Frank Akankwasa
(Uganda)

91

Qatar

Doha

12 Feb 2020

Dinesh Chandimal and Ashen Bandara
(Sri Lanka)

85*

West Indies

Coolidge

7 Mar 2021

Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni
(India)

85

South Africa

Durban

20 Sep 2007

Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni
India)

84

Australia

Dhaka

30 Mar 2014

Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah
Bangladesh)

84

Afghanistan

Dehradun

7 Jun 2018

It is interesting to know that there are 4 100+ runs of partnership for the fifth wicket in the history of Twenty20 International. The first one was made by Shoaib Malik and Misbah-ul-Haq against Australia at Johannesburg in the 18th match of the ICC World Twenty20 2007/2008 edition on 18 Sep 2007. Pakistan’s top order was completely demolished by the Australian bowlers especially Stuart Clark but Pakistan survived because of the strong middle order. Shoaib Malik at number 5 and Misbah-ul-Haq at number 6 position fought back and achieved a victory in that match. This shows the importance of middle-order batsmen for any cricket squad. The record of Pakistan’s unbeaten 119 runs of partnership for the 5th wicket is still live and receltny equals by Ireland batsmen in T20 World Cup 2022 Australia.

 


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