A T20 game is dominated by batting, with batsmen hitting the bowlers hard throughout the game. What if the side loses the first five wickets? The team’s recovery from this position will be incredibly difficult. And if this happens during a World Cup event, the pressure makes it impossible for them to recover. Because batters who bat sixth and seventh rarely get a chance to settle down and play.
These batters are typically used to add quick runs down the order. But their position is not so simple. They must sometimes form strong alliances to help their team recover from a losing streak. A good sixth-wicket partnership can always change the game. So, in this article, we’ll look at the top ten highest sixth-wicket partnerships in T20 World Cup history.
1. Mike Hussey and Craig White (101*) in the T20 World Cup 2010 against Sri Lanka
The first and only 100-run partnership for the sixth wicket occurred in a World Cup match between Australia and Sri Lanka in 2010. The Australians chose to bat first after winning the toss. They didn’t get off to a good start, though, as half the team was out for just 67 runs, and Sri Lanka was all over them. However, they had a lot of batting depth. Cameron White and Michael Hussy stepped into the crease and began to play aggressively.
Both batters faced the bowlers and contributed an unbeaten 101 runs for the sixth wicket to help Australia reach 168/5 in 20 overs. Hussey had an unbeaten 39 and White had an unbeaten 85. They scored 101 runs on 54 balls. Sri Lanka didn’t look in the game while chasing the target and was all out for 87 runs, handing Australia an 81-run victory.
2. Craig McMillan and Jacob Oram (73) vs. India in the 2007 T20 World Cup
The second-highest partnership occurred in the event’s inaugural edition in 2007. This was India and New Zealand’s 13th match of the tournament. Batting first, the Black Caps lost their first five wickets for 91 runs, forcing two all-rounders to come to the crease. Jacob Oram and Craig McMillan started slowly but quickly picked up the pace after one or two shots. Both batters pulled New Zealand out of the hole, scoring 73 runs for the sixth wicket.
This partnership enabled the Black Caps to post a large total of 190, which proved to be the winning total in the end. Despite a strong start from both openers, India faltered in the middle and fell short by ten runs. That sixth-wicket partnership proved to be the game-winner.
3. Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy (71) vs. Pakistan in the 2014 T20 World Cup
The 32nd match of the 2014 World Cup was played at Mirpur between the West Indies and Pakistan. The West Indies won the toss and chose to bat first. They didn’t start well, however, and lost half of their batting lineup for only 81 runs. This brought in Dwayne Bravo (46) and skipper Darren Sammy (42). Both players are naturally aggressive batsmen, which is how they got started.
They quickly began scoring runs with boundaries. Both batsmen contributed 71 runs for the sixth wicket to help their team reach a respectable total of 166 runs. In the end, it proved to be a match-winning total, as Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals while chasing the target and were all out for 82 runs. That match was won by the West Indies by 84 runs.
ICC T20 World Cup’s Highest 6th Wicket Partnership List
|Mike Hussey and Craig White (Australia)||101*||Sri Lanka||Bridgetown||2010|
|Craig McMillan and Jacob Oram (New Zealand)||73||India||Johannesburg||2007|
|Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy (West Indies)||71||Pakistan||Dhaka||2014|
|Mark Boucher and Albie Morkel (South Africa)||69||India||Durban||2007|
|MS Dhoni and Yousuf Pathan (India)||63*||England||Lord’s||2009|
|F Behardien and Robin Peterson (South Africa)||60*||Australia||Colombo||2012|
|E Chigumbura and T Maruma (Zimbabwe)||55*||UAE||Sylhet||2014|
|Mudassar Bukhari and TLW Cooper (Netherlands)||53*||Zimbabwe||Sylhet||2014|
|J Faulkner and Brad Hodge (Australia)||52||West Indies||Dhaka||2014|
|T. Dilshan and J Mubarak (Sri Lanka)||51*||Sri Lanka||Johannesburg||2007|
Which has the highest partnership in T20 World Cup matches?
Sri Lanka’s dynamic opening partnership of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara scored 166 runs, the highest opening partnership in all T20 World Cups.
Which team has the highest score in t20?
Afghanistan set the T20 record with a total of 278/3 against Ireland in February 2019.
What is India’s highest run chase in T20?
India successfully completed the target in 19.1 overs and scored 211 runs, breaking the record for the highest T20I chase by India.
Who is the fastest century in t20 International?
Chris Gayle holds the record for the fastest T20 century, scoring in just 30 balls against Pune in the 2013 edition of the Indian T20 League.