Highest 1st Wicket Partnership in Test

By Hitesh Jain on Apr 5, 2021

In the Test match, the 1st wicket partnership plays an important role that provides strength to the rest of the batsmen and laid the foundation of the high score inning. In test cricket, both the teams have 5 days of play to dominate eachother and grip the match. Every team wants to open the inning with a huge total for the 1st wicket partnership by the openers. Whenever a team scores big runs for the first wicket then it helps the upcoming batsmen. The highest 1st wicket partnership in Test cricket is 415 runs between Neil McKenzie and Graeme Smith against Bangladesh at Chattogram on 29 Feb 2008. In that match, South Africa built a big score of 583 runs for 7 in the first inning and won the match by an inning & 205 runs.

There are 17 times when the opening pair of any team has scored 300+ runs for the 1st wicket partnership in the history of test cricket. England was the first team that achieved this feat in test cricket and made 323 for the first wicket against Australia at Melbourne on 9 Feb 1912. After 36 years, England broke its own record of 323 runs and built 359 runs for the first wicket against South Africa at Johannesburg on 27 Dec 1948.

For India, the highest 1st wicket partnership in Test is 413 runs made by Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy against New Zealand at Chennai on 6 Jan 1956. South Africa has achieved this feat 4 times, India 3 times, Australia & England 2 times, and Sri Lanka, Bangladesh & New Zealand 1 time. Pakistan and West Indies are still waiting for their 300+ total by their opening wicket.

Highest 1st Wicket Partnership in Test

Here is a list of the Highest opening wicket Partnerships in Test Cricket.

Batsmen (Team)

Runs

Against

Venue

Date

Neil McKenzie and Graeme Smith (South Africa)

415

Bangladesh

Chattogram

29 Feb 2008

Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy (India)

413

New Zealand

Chennai

6 Jan 1956

Virendra Sehwag and Rahul Dravid (India)

410

Pakistan

Lahore

13 Jan 2006

Glenn Turner and Terry Jarvis (New Zealand)

387

West Indies

Georgetown

6 Apr 1972

Bill Lawry and Bob Simpson (Australia)

382

West Indies

Bridgetown

5 May 1965

Graeme Smith and Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa)

368

Pakistan

Cape Town

2 Jan 2003

Leonard Hutton and Cyril Washbrook (England)

359

South Africa

Johannesburg

27 Dec 1948

Graeme Smith and Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa)

338

England

Birmingham

24 Jul 2003

Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)

335

Pakistan

Kandy

28 Jun 2000

Geoff Marsh and Mark Taylor (Australia)

329

England

Nottingham

10 Aug 1989

Jack Hobbs and Wilfred Rhodes (England)

323

Australia

Melbourne

9 Feb 1912

Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma (India)

317

South Africa

Visakhapatnam

2 Oct 2019

Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes (Bangladesh)

312

Pakistan

Khulna

28 Apr 2015

Graeme Smith and Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa)

301

West Indies

Centurion

16 Jan 2004

Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes (West Indies)

298

England

St John's

12 Apr 1990

Aamer Sohail and Ijaz Ahmed (Pakistan)

298

West Indies

Karachi

6 Dec 1997

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