Shai Hope and John Campbell of West Indies in highest ever opening stand in ODIs

first_imgJohn Campbell and Shai Hope broke the record for the highest opening partnership in the history of the One Day Internationals.Campbell and Hope shared a 365-run opening stand from 284 balls to beat Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq’s 304-run stand against Zimbabwe in 2018, and claim the record.Campbell and Hope also became the only opening pair to score 150 runs each in the same innings of an ODI.John Campbell 179 runs from 137 balls, including 15 fours and 6 sixes, at a strike rate of 130.66.Shai Hope, on the other hand, scored 170 runs from 152 balls as he smashed 22 fours and 2 sixes and that too at a strike rate of 111.84.v306* run partnership!WI created history.The highest opening ODI partnership in the history of the game!! #MenInMaroon #ItsOurGame pic.twitter.com/Ziw12YhbMjWindies Cricket (@windiescricket) May 5, 2019The record-breaking partnership was broken by Barry McCarthy on the second ball of the 48th over.The right-arm pacer bowled a length delivery outside off, as Campbell tried to hit another one out of the park. He ended up miss-timing the ball as the ball went up in the air as William Porterfield charged in from sweeper cover to take the catch.Hope fell in the same over, as McCarthy bowled a short of a length delivery and again outside off. Hope unfortunately hit it straight into the hands of Lorcan Tucker at mid-wicket.The 365-run partnership between Campbell and Hope is not the highest partnership ever, as that record belongs to Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels of West Indies again, who had put up a 372-run stand for the second wicket against Zimbabwe back in February 2015.advertisementThird on the list is a 331-run stand between India’s Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar against New Zealand in 1999, with a 318-run stand between Dravid and Sourav Ganguly (vs Sri Lanka in 1999) in fourth.John Campbell, who smashed his maiden ODI century, said that he was happy for himself and Shai Hope for batting the way they did.”Very proud, first international century, it was a good pitch to bat on. I am very happy for both myself and Shai, think we set-up the innings very well, after a slow start, it became a better batting track,” Campbell said after the innings break, as West Indies posted 381/3 from their quota of 20 overs.Shai Hope echoed the sentiment, saying that they enjoyed batting together. “He did a bit more than me, we both enjoyed batting together,” Hope said after the West Indies innings.When Hope was asked about the becoming the fastest West Indian to reach 1000 run in one-day cricket, he said that he had no idea.Also Read | Won’t feel too bad if I’m left out: Jofra Archer on his World Cup 2019 dreamslast_img read more