Highest 1st Wicket Partnership in T20 International

T20 Cricket is all about batsmen. The format demands batter to dominate over bowlers. The fans enjoyed hard-hitting and big scores in T20 International cricket. The Afghani openers Hazratullah Zazai and Usman Ghani hold the record of the highest opening partnership in T20I. They gave an opening start of 236 runs against Ireland in Dehradun on Feb 23, 2019. Hazratullah Zazai was the architect of this partnership. He made not out 162 runs in just 62 balls and smashed 16 sixes in his innings. Usman Ghani also made 73 runs in 48 balls and played his role brilliantly in this record partnership.

Highest 1st Wicket Partnership in T20 (International)

There are several remarkable partnerships we had witnessed in this shortest form of cricket. The top highest first wicket or opening wicket partnerships are mentioned below in the table:

Batsmen Name





Hazratullah Zazai, Usman Ghani




February 23, 2019

Aaron Finch, D’Arcy Short




July 3, 2018

Munsey, KJ Coetzer




September 16, 2019

Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam 197 Pakistan South Africa April 14, 2021

Martin Guptill,Kane Williamson


New Zealand


January 17, 2016

G Smith, LE Bosman


South Africa


November 15, 2009

Rohit Sharma,KL Rahul



Sri Lanka

December 22, 2017

Rohit Sharma,Shikhar Dhawan




June 27, 2018

Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan



New Zealand

November 1, 2017

PD Hennessy, Awais Ahmed




March 30, 2019

Paul Stirling and Kevin O’ Brien



West Indies

January 15, 2020

Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam
T20 World Cup 2021
152* Pakistan India October 24, 2021
Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam 150 Pakistan England July 17, 2021

Aaron Finch and D’Arcy Short also made a record partnership of 223 runs against Zimbabwe at Harare Stadium on July 3, 2018. Aaron Finch made 172 runs in just 76 balls. Aaron Finch smashed 16 fours and 10 sixes in his inning while D'Arcy Short made only 46 runs in 42 balls.

HG Munsey and KJ Coetzer of Scotland made a record partnership of 200 runs against the Netherlands at Dublin stadium on September 16, 2019. HG Munsey made not out 127 runs in 56 balls and played an anchor role in the partnership. Kyle Coetzer also contributed 89 runs in just 50 balls.

Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson made not out partnership of 171 runs against Pakistan back in 2016 at Hamilton. On chasing a target of 169 runs, the Kiwi opening pair finished the game by own and won the match by 10 wickets. Martin Guptill made not out 87 runs in 58 balls and Kane Williamson made not out 72 runs in 48 balls.

G Smith and LE Bosman made a record opening first wicket partnership of 170 runs for South Africa against England in Centurion on November 15, 2009. G Smith made 88 runs in 44 balls and L Bosman made 94 runs in just 45 balls.

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul hold the record of highest opening partnership by Indian openers. They made a record partnership of 165 runs against Sri Lanka at Indore back in December 2017. Rohit Sharma stole the show and made 118 runs in just 43 balls. He smashed 12 fours and 10 sixes in his inning.

Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith made the highest opening partnership for the West Indies team. They made 145 runs opening partnership against South Africa back in September 2007. Michael Lumb and Alex Hales made the highest T20I opening partnership for the England team. They made an unbeaten partnership of 143 runs against New Zealand back in 2013. Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt made the highest opening partnership for Pakistan in T20Is. They made 142 runs opening partnership against Bangladesh in May 2010.

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Last Updated on: 24/10/2021

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