In cricket, two batsmen always bat in tandem, even if only one is the striker at any given time. The partnership between two batters will come to an end when one of them is dismissed or retires, or the innings comes to an end (usually due to victory, a declaration, a time or over-limit being reached, or the match being abandoned in the middle of the innings due to inclement weather), or, more dangerously, between more than two batters, if one of the original batsmen is retired not out (rather than retired out), since the particular numbered wicket will no longer be available.

What Are Partnerships In Cricket?

In cricket, a partnership of two batters (scoring players) is formed on the field. When their team’s scoring turn, each batter is on one of the two batsmen’s grounds.

1. Graeme Smith And Neil McKenzie [415]

In 2008, the South African players demonstrated the tenth-largest partnership in a test match. The game was won by South African players Neil McKenzie and Graeme Smith in a Test series against Bangladesh. The South African team batted first in the first innings, and both players put on a 415-run partnership. The match took place in Bangladesh’s Chittagong Stadium. Graeme Smith scored 232 runs in 277 balls, and Neil McKenzie hit 226 runs. For his devastating performance of 232 runs, Graeme Smith was named player of the game.

2. Amla And Quinton De Kock [282]

With a massive 282-run partnership between De Kock (168*) and Amla (110*), the Proteas thrashed Bangladesh by 10-wickets. It was not only South Africa’s fourth 200-plus opening stand, but it was also the country’s highest-ever partnership, surpassing the 256 established by JP Duminy and David Miller in 2015. Their partnership was also the joint third-highest opening stand in ODI history and the sixth-highest partnership overall.

3. Highest Ever Fifth-Wicket Partnership Was Recorded By Duminy And Miller 

After being allowed to bat against after being put in to bat against Zimbabwe in their ICC Cricket World Cup Group B match, losing their top four of De Kock, Amla, Faf du Plessis, and AB de Villiers for 83 runs. JP Duminy and Miller then guided their team out of difficulty, with Miller scoring 138 off 92 balls and Duminy scoring 115 off 100 balls. Fine and indeed partnership. This enabled South Africa to a 339-4 total and a 62-run victory.

4. Hashim Amla And Rilee Rossouw Set The Tone In Johannesburg [247]

It was a stunning performance by the Proteas top three, with Amla, Rossouw, and De Villiers all scoring hundreds against the West Indies — the first time three centuries had been hit in an ODI, it helped the Proteas reach their 12th 400-plus total. Hashim Amla (153* off 142 balls) and Rossouw (128 off 115 balls) put on a 247-run partnership. De Villiers then stunned the cricketing world with a 44-ball 149, which featured the fastest ODI century ever scored in 31 balls. South Africa’s total of 439-2 is the greatest ever for the Proteas and the third highest in history. Proteas were victorious by 148 runs.

5. HM Amla, AB De Villiers [283]

Proteases took the control of the first test against the Windies in Centurion following early losses, with captain Hashim Amla and senior lieutenant AB de Villiers reaching hundreds. At the end of the third game, South Africa was 340 for three. Hashim Amla, captaining South Africa in a home Test for the first time, struck 133 not out, while De Villiers hit an unbeaten 141. They put on 283 for the fourth wicket, a record for South Africa against the West Indies.

6. Second-Highest Third-Wicket Stand Was Achieved By Amla And Rossouw [247]

After equaling the highest South African ODI partnership in the second ODI against the West Indies, Amla and Rossouw were at it again in the last ODI in Centurion, hitting a 247-run third-wicket stand to equal the mark.  Help the Proteas total 361-5, Amla, scored 133 from 105 balls, while Rossouw hit a 98-ball 132. Proteas won the match by 131 runs and went on to win the series 4-1.

7. D Elgar, JP Duminy [250]

They can comfort themselves by remembering that history does not always repeat itself: ask Dean Elgar. Dean Elgar made his Test debut at the WACA four years ago and was bundled out for a pair in both innings by Mitchell Johnson. Returning to the site of his dreadful start could have given him nightmares, and his 12 runs in the first inning were only marginally better. Elgar is unconcerned, as his 250-run second-inning stand with JP Duminy demonstrates.

8. Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram [243]

South Africa finished with 428 for three in Bloemfontein, thanks to Elgar’s 113 and Markram’s 143. Hashim Amla was undefeated on 89 and on his way to his second century of the series, while Faf du Plessis of South Africa was unbeaten on 62 not out. Markram’s first Test century occurred eight days after being dismissed for 97 in his debut innings in Potchefstroom. A massive stand between Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram of 243 broke the Bangladeshis team’s confidence.

9. G Kirsten And JH Kallis [234]

Kirsten had only added six runs to his overnight total when he attempted to glide a wide delivery down to third-man and only managed to guide it into Khaled Mashud’s gloves. Kirsten had just finished a six-hour innings in which he faced 228 balls and hit 17 fours and a rare six. Also brought an end to a 234-run third-wicket stand with Kallis.

10. Hashim Amla And Faf Du Plessis [247]

The Proteas crushed Ireland in the 2015 World Cup thanks to a 247-run second-wicket stand between Du Plessis and Amla. Hashim Amla’s 159 is still his best ODI score, and Du Plessis chipped in with 109. After reaching 411-4 and dismissing Ireland for 210, the Proteas triumphed by 201 runs.