The Zimbabwe team has had a good share of players prove themselves on the international cricket stage. They have never been short of some seriously good, naturally talented players. They have had some batters who have performed extremely well, even against the best of the teams. Today we will look at some of Zimbabwe's highest partnerships in ODI cricket and the batters involved in them.
1. 224 Runs Against Afghanistan
The first partnership to feature on our list is from the 2014 Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe. It was the second ODI of the series, and after winning the toss, Zimbabwe elected to bat first. Afghanistan put 256 runs on the board, and in reply, Zimbabwe scored 257 runs for the loss of two wickets. Hamilton Masakadza and Sikandar Raza put up a 224-run opening partnership.
2. 202 Runs Against India
The next match we are going to talk about is from the 2004 VB Series played in Australia. Zimbabwe were playing against India, and after winning the toss, India opted to bat first and scored 280 runs. In reply, Zimbabwe scored 277 runs, with Stuart Carlisle and Sean Ervine putting up a 202-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
3. 201 Runs Against Bangladesh
Bangladesh toured Zimbabwe in 2022, and in the second ODI of the series, Zimbabwe made its third-highest partnership in one-day cricket. After winning the toss, Zimbabwe elected to bowl first and stopped Bangladesh at 290 runs in their 50 overs. In the chase, Sikandar Raza, and Regis Chakabva both scored centuries and put up a 201-run partnership for the fifth wicket. This eventually helped them win the match.
4. 192 Runs Against Bangladesh
The fourth partnership to appear on our list is from the 2022 Bangladesh tour of Zimbabwe. In the first ODI of the series, after winning the toss, Zimbabwe chose to field first and stopped Bangladesh at 303. In reply, Zimbabwe’s Sikandar Raza, and Innocent Kaia both scored tonnes and put up a 192-run partnership for the fourth wicket, setting up a famous win for Zimbabwe.
5. 188 Runs Against South Africa
The next partnership to feature on our list is from the 2009 Zimbabwe tour of South Africa. Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to bat first against South Africa in the first ODI of the series. The Proteas put 295 runs on the board, and in reply, Zimbabwe could score only 250 runs. Tatenda Taibu and Stuart Matsikenyeri put up a 188-run partnership for the sixth wicket, with Taibu scoring a memorable hundred.
6. 187 Runs Against Australia
The next partnership is from the 2001 Carlton Series, a tri-series amongst Australia, Zimbabwe, and the West Indies. In a match against Australia, Zimbabwe registered one of their highest partnerships in ODI cricket. Stuart Carlisle and Grant Flower put up a 187-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
7. 186* Runs Against West Indies
The seventh partnership to appear on our list is from the 2000 NatWest Series. The match was between Zimbabwe and the West Indies at Chester-Le-Street. West Indies won the toss and chose to bat first, scoring 287 runs. In reply, Zimbabwe chased the target in 49.1 overs, with Murray Goodwin and Grant Flower scoring an unbeaten 186-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
8. 181 Runs Against Canada
Zimbabwe scored another of their highest partnership scores in one-day international cricket in 2011 in a game against Canada at Nagpur in the 2011 ODI World Cup. After winning the toss, Zimbabwe decided to bat first and put 298 runs on the board. Tatenda Taibu and Craig Ervine put up a 181-run partnership for the third wicket.
9. 167 Runs Against West Indies
The next partnership to feature on our list is from the 2007 West Indies tour of Zimbabwe. In the fourth ODI of the series, after winning the toss, West Indies elected to field first and restricted Zimbabwe to 232 runs in 50 overs. Vusi Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza put up a brilliant 167-run partnership for the opening wicket.
10. 166* Runs Against Namibia
The last partnership to make our list is from the 2003 ICC ODI World Cup. Zimbabwe was playing Namibia at Harare, and after winning the toss, Namibia put Zimbabwe to bat first. Zimbabwe put a massive 340 runs on the board with the help of Craig Wishart and Grant Flower’s unbeaten 166-run partnership.