Top 5 biggest partnership in the history of test cricket

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In Test cricket, batsmen have played long and excellent partnerships so far. So far, 15 batsmen have played a partnership of 400 or more runs in Tests, with five times reaching 450 and twice 500.

The record for Test cricket’s greatest partnership is named after Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, who played a 624-run marathon partnership for the third wicket in 2006.

Let’s look at the five biggest partnerships of Test cricket:

Bill Ponsford and Don Bradman

Bill Ponsford and Don Bradman
Bill Ponsford and Don Bradman

In the Oval Test against England in 1934, Australia’s Bill Ponsford and Don Bradman shared a 451-run partnership for the second wicket. It was the first 400-run partnership for any wicket in Test cricket.

Australia scored 701 in the first innings with the help of 266 from Bill Ponsford and 244 from Don Bradman, in response to which England scored 321 runs.

In the second innings, Australia scored 327 and gave England a target of 708 runs to win, in response to which the hosts were all out by scoring 145 runs and Australia won the match by 562 runs.

Javed Miandad and Mudassar Nazar

Javed Miandad and Mudassar Nazar
Javed Miandad and Mudassar Nazar

In the Hyderabad Test against India in 1983, Javed Miandad and Mudassar Nazar shared a 451-run partnership for the third wicket. Javed Miandad scored an unbeaten 280 and Mudassar Nazar scored 231 runs.

Pakistan scored 581/3 in the only innings, in response to which the Indian team could score 189 and 273 runs and the hosts won the match by a huge margin of one inning and 119 runs.

Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones

Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones
Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones

Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones shared a 467-run partnership for the third wicket in the Wellington Test against Sri Lanka in 1991, the largest partnership in Test cricket at the time. Martin Crowe scored 299 and Andrew Jones scored 186.

New Zealand was all out after scoring just 174 runs in the first innings, in response to which Sri Lanka scored 497 runs. In the second innings, New Zealand scored 671/4 and the match was drawn.

Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama

Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama
Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama

In the Colombo Test against India in 1997, Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama shared a 576-run partnership for the second wicket. It was the first partnership above 500 runs in Test cricket.

India scored 537/8 in the first innings, in response to which Sri Lanka scored 952/6 with the help of Sanath Jayasuriya’s 340 and Roshan Mahanama’s 225, which is still the record for the biggest score of the Test.

Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara

Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara
Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara

In the Colombo Test against South Africa in 2006, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara shared a world record partnership of 624 runs for the third wicket. Mahela Jayawardene had played 374 and Kumar Sangakkara had 287 runs.

Sri Lanka scored a mammoth score of 756/5 in response to South Africa’s first innings of 169 to take a lead of 587 runs. South Africa was all out after scoring 434 runs in the second innings and the hosts won the match by an innings and 153 runs.

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