Highest 4th Wicket Partnership in ODI

In many ODI matches we see that a team fights back despite the loss of three wickets at cheap scores. The sheer determination and ability to play well against the spin and part-time bowlers in the middle overs are the two important traits that every middle order batsman should have. It enhances the prospect of forging a huge partnership for the fourth wicket for the team to put a strong total on the scoreboard. However, not all teams have such magnificent middle order batsmen who would build a huge partnership for the team.

In the history of ODI cricket, batting pairs have recorded 200 or more runs for the fourth wicket a total of 17 times. But interestingly, Sri Lanka have never been able to score 200 or more runs for the fourth wicket despite their starry middle order batting line up including the likes of Arvinda De Silva, Arjuna Ranatunga, Sangakkara, Russel Arnold and others in the 50-over format over the last two decades.

In that regards, India are luckier. They repeated this feat thrice. The batting duo of Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja forged a huge unbeaten 275-run-partnership for the fourth wicket at a match against Australia in 1998. Until now, this is the highest 4th wicket partnership and the record is still intact. On the other hand, another Indian pair of Yuvraj Singh and VVS Laxman piled 213-run for the 4th wicket in 2004 at a match against Australia. Most Recently, Yuvraj Singh again with MS Dhoni scored 256 runs for the 4th wicket which is second highest till now at Cuttack.

South African batsmen Jonty Rhodes and Daryll Cullinan deserved to be credited for having recorded 200 plus run partnership for this wicket for the first time ever. In an ODI match against Pakistan in Nairobi, the right handed duo forged a huge 232 run partnership for the 4th wicket in 1996. Thereafter, 200 or more runs have been recorded quite a number of times in ODI cricket for the 4th wicket. The year 2004 saw three 4th wicket partnerships for 200 or more runs. However, the period 2010 to 2013 saw no double century partnership for this wicket in ODI history.

Highest 4th Wicket Partnership in ODI

Batsmen (Team) Runs Against Venue Date
Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja
275* Australia Cuttack 09/04/1998
Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni (India) 256 England Cuttack 19/01/2017
Faf du Plessis and DA Miller
(South Africa)
252 Australia Hobart 11/11/2018
Ricky Ponting & Andrew Symonds
237 Sri Lanka Sydney 12/02/2006
Daryll Cullinan & Johnty Rhodes
(South Africa)
232 Pakistan Nairobi 29/09/1996
WTS Porterfield & KJ O’Brien
227 Kenya Nairobi 02/02/2007
Shivnarine Chanderpaul & Carl Hooper
(West Indies)
226 South Africa East London 24/01/1999
Andrew Strauss & Andrew Flintoff
226 West Indies Lord’s 06/07/2004
Michael Bevan & Steve Waugh
222 South Africa Melbourne 16/08/2000
VVS Laxman & Yuvraj Singh
213 Australia Sydney 22/01/2004
K Edwards & D Bravo
(West Indies)
211 New Zealand Hamilton 08/01/2014
Andrew Strauss & Paul Collingwood
210 Bangladesh Nottingham 21/06/2005
Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Yousuf
206 India Centurian 26/09/2009
MJ Clarke, BJ Hodge
204 NL Basseterre 18/03/2007
EJG Morgan, JC Buttler
204 WI St George's 27/02/2019
T Bavuma, HE van der Dussen
(South Africa)
204 IND Paarl 19/01/2022
SV Carlisle, SM Ervine
202 IND Adelaide 24/01/2004
LRPL Taylor, TWM Latham
New Zealand
200 IND Mumbai 22/10/2017
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Last Updated on: 19/01/2022

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