Highest 2nd Wicket Partnership in Test

A team always keeps its best batsmen in the opening slot, but statistically speaking, partnerships for the second wicket have comparatively been better than the first one is test matches. There is no doubt that test cricket has produced some of the world’s most consistent number three batsmen over the last few decades such as Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis and others.

They have immensely contributed for their teams in their illustrious career. The world record for highest run partnership for the 2nd wicket in test has been recorded by Sri Lanka in 1997 when the explosive Sanath Jayasuriya and crafty Roshan Mahanama piled a huge 576-run-stand for the 2nd wicket in Colombo.

Highest Second Wicket Partnership in Test Match

Batsmen (Team)

Runs

Against

Venue

Date

Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama
(Sri Lanka)

576

India

Colombo

02/08/1997

Donald Bradman and WH Ponsford
(Australia)

451

England

The Oval

18/08/1934

Conrad Hunte and Gary Sobers
(West Indies)

446

Pakistan

Kingston

26/02/1958

Marvan Atapattu and Kumar Sangakkara
(Sri Lanka)

438

Zimbabwe

Bulawayo

14/05/2004

Leonard Hutton and Maurice Leyland
(England)

382

Australia

The Oval

20/08/1938

Chateshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay
(India)

370

Australia

Hyderabad

02/03/2013

Ken Barrington and John Edrich
(England)

369

New Zealand

Leeds

08/07/1965

David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne
(Australia)

361

Pakistan

Adelaide

29/11/2019

Graham Gooch and David Gower
(England)

351

Australia

The Oval

29/08/1985

Sunil Gavaskar and D Vengsarkar
(India)

344*

West Indies

Kolkata

29/12/1978

Chris Gayle & Ramnaresh Sarwan
(West Indies)

331

South Africa

St. John’s

29/04/2005

Historically speaking, India’s performance for the 2nd wicket partnership had never been so illustrious barring one or two innings. In fact, the first ever plus 300 run partnership for the 2nd wicket came in the year 1978 when  the legendary Sunil Gavaskar and Dilip Vengsarkar built a huge 344-run stand for this wicket against West Indies in Kolkata.

But in the next 30 years India couldn’t register a single triple century partnership for 2nd wicket. It was in 2008 that Gambhir and Dravid forged a patient 314-run stand against England in Mohali but they couldn’t break Gavaskar-Vengsarkar record. However, Pujara and Vijay finally broke the 35 year old record adding 370-run stand for this wicket against Australia in Mohali.

Nonetheless, this is still counted amongst the sixth highest & India’s best partnership ever recorded between an opener and number three batsman at test matches.

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Last Updated on: 23/05/2022

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