Partnerships play an important role in the game of cricket. Staying on the crease for a long time not only frustrates the bowlers but also gives confidence to the batters and the team. Stitching partnerships is an art that all players cannot master. Only the ones with a calm brain and a vision in mind can do it. South Africa has produced some of the finest batters in the world. Together, these batters have wreaked havoc on even the finest bowling line-ups of the world. In this article, we will take a look at the biggest partnership scored for South Africa in ODI cricket. So, let’s dive into it!
1. Quinton de Kock And Hashim Amla Vs. Bangladesh
We begin this list with Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla’s unbeaten opening knock of 282 runs against Bangladesh during Bangladesh’s tour of South Africa in 2017. The hosts chased down the target of 278 runs without losing even a single wicket in the 43rd over.
2. David Miller And JP Duminy Vs. Zimbabwe
On number two, we have David Miller and JP Duminy with their unbeaten fifth-wicket partnership against Zimbabwe. With the help of this partnership, South Africa presented a target of 339 runs to Zimbabwe in the ICC World Cup match of 2015. In reply, Zimbabwe could score only 277 runs and lost the match by 62 runs.
3. David Miller And Faf du Plessis Vs Australia
Next up on the list are David Miller and Faf du Plessis, who put together 252 runs for the fourth wicket. The knock came against Australia when South Africa toured the nation in 2018. The duo guided their team to a total of 320 runs. Following this, a brilliant bowling performance by the Protea bowlers restricted Australia to only 280 runs.
4. Riley Rossouw And Hashim Amla Vs. West Indies
On the fourth spot of this list, we have Riley Rossouw and Hashim Amla’s opening partnership of 247 runs. This stand came against West Indies when they were touring South Africa in 2015. With the help of this partnership, South Africa put up a mammoth total of 439 runs on board. In response, the West Indian batters could score only 291 runs.
5. Riley Rossouw And Hashim Amla Vs. West Indies
Another knock from Riley Rossouw and Hashim Amla makes it to the fifth position on this list. The duo put together 247 runs for the third wicket against West Indies during the West Indies tour of South Africa in 2015. After giving a target of 362 runs to the visitors, the hosts bowled them out for only 230 runs.
6. Faf du Plessis And Hashim Amla Vs. Ireland
Making it to the sixth place on this list, we have Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla, who stitched a 247-run partnership for the second wicket against Ireland in an ICC Cricket World Cup match of 2015. The Proteas posted a gigantic total of 411 runs on the board and then bowled out Ireland for only 210 runs.
7. Quinton de Kock And Hashim Amla Vs. England
On number seven, we have Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla with their opening stand of 239 runs. In the third ODI of England’s tour of South Africa in 2016, South Africa was chasing a target of 319 runs. They registered an easy victory by seven wickets with the help of this brilliant opening platform.
8. AB de Villiers And Hashim Amla Vs. Pakistan
The 238-run stand between AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla stands in the eighth position of this list. During the Pakistan tour of South Africa in 2013, South Africa scored 343 runs in the first inning. Pakistan responded with a good start but ended up facing a defeat by 34 runs.
9. Gary Kirsten And Herschelle Gibbs Vs. India
On the ninth spot of this list, we have Gary Kirsten and Herschelle Gibbs, who put together 235 runs for the opening wicket against India. The duo guided their team to a total of 301 runs in the first match of South Africa’s tour of India in 2000. However, India chased down the total in the last over and registered a 3-wicket victory.
10. Jonty Rhodes And Daryll Cullinan Vs. Pakistan
Last but not least, the final knock to make it to this list of top partnerships is the 232-run stand between Jonty Rhodes and Daryll Cullinan. During the KCA Centenary Tournament, South Africa batted first to put up a score of 321 runs. In response, Pakistan got bowled out for only 259 runs, thus, losing the match by 62 runs.