Best Partnership in Test Cricket

Cricket is the most enjoyable game in the world, cricket is played in many formats and one such format is test cricket. The best partnership in Test cricket always leads to a chance of winning the match and eventually the series.

The First Test match was played between 15th and 19 March in 1877 between England and Australia. In October 2012 the ICC permitted the day-night test match for the first time. 

There have been many memorable best partnerships in Test cricket that helped the team to snatch victory. Here is the list of the best partnerships in Test cricket(For any Wicket).

Best Partnerships in Test Cricket by Runs

PartnersRunsWktTeamOppositionGroundMatch Date
KC Sangakkara, DPMD Jayawardene6243rdSri Lankav South AfricaColombo (SSC)27 Jul 2006
ST Jayasuriya, RS Mahanama5762ndSri Lankav IndiaColombo (RPS)2 Aug 1997
AH Jones, MD Crowe4673rdNew Zealandv Sri LankaWellington31 Jan 1991
WH Ponsford, DG Bradman4512ndAustraliav EnglandThe Oval18 Aug 1934
Mudassar Nazar, Javed Miandad4513rdPakistanv IndiaHyderabad (Sind)14 Jan 1983
AC Voges, SE Marsh4494thAustraliav West IndiesHobart10 Dec 2015
CC Hunte, GS Sobers4462ndWest Indiesv PakistanKingston26 Feb 1958
MS Atapattu, KC Sangakkara4382ndSri Lankav ZimbabweBulawayo14 May 2004
DPMD Jayawardene, TT Samaraweera4374thSri Lankav PakistanKarachi21 Feb 2009
JA Rudolph, HH Dippenaar429*3rdSouth Africav BangladeshChattogram24 Apr 2003

1) Kumara Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene: 624 Runs VS South Africa for 3rd wicket

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Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene the duo hold the record of the best partnership in test cricket.

In 2006 they scored a 624 run partnership against South Africa in Colombo. Sangakkara scored 287 runs while Jayawardene went on to score 374 which is his highest score on a test.

2) Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama: 576 Runs VS India for  2nd  Wicket

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In the first test of the 1997 tour, Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama scored 576 run partnership for 2nd wicket in Colombo. In reply to India’s 537 scores and they went on to score 952 runs the highest ever score in test cricket. 

At the end of the match, Jayasuriya scored his highest individual Test score 340 and Mahanama went on to score 225 respectively, also his highest individual test score.

3) Andrew Jones and Martin Crowe: 467 Runs VS Sri Lanka for 3rd Wicket

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The New Zealand duo Andrew Jones and Martin Crowe scored 467 runs for the 3rd wicket to save the match for New Zealand. In 1991 After Sri Lanka took 322 runs in the first innings, it led Jones and Crowe to show their tremendous performance and they took their team to a safe place. Jones scored 186 runs while Crowe went on to make 229 his highest test score.

4) Donald Bradman and Bills Ponsford: 451 Runs VS England for 2nd Wicket

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Donald Bradman and Bill Ponsford during the Ashes at the Oval in 1934 versus England. Ponsford scored 226 and Bradman 244 and Australia went on to win the match by 562 runs.

5) Mudassar Nazar and Javed Miandad: 451 Runs VS India for 3rd Wicket

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Pakistan’s Mudassar Nazar and Javed Miandad put a stand against India in 1983 in Hyderabad-Sind. Both Jawed and Miandad went on to score their highest individual scores as well in that match 231 and 238* respectively. Miandad was also the man of the match in that clash.

6) Adam Voges and Shaun marsh: 449 Runs VS West Indies for 4th Wicket

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The Australia duo in 2015 proved their power as they scored 449 runs for the 4th wicket against West Indies in Hobart. Marsh ended up scoring 182 and Voges continued with his sublime run-scoring an unbeaten 269 before Australia declared their first innings on 583. 

Their massive best test partnership ensured Australia that they didn’t have to bat again in the match, as they went on to win the innings. The outstanding performance from Voges also made him the man of the match in that series.

7) Conrad Hunte and Gary Sobers: 446 Runs VS Pakistan for 2nd Wicket

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The West Indies Duo Conrad Hunte and Gary Sobers scored 446 runs in 1957 against Pakistan at Kingston, Jamaica. Sobers went out to make a then-world record 365* as the West Indies reached 790 for 3 declared. Hunte was run out on 260 and West Indies went on to win the match by an innings and 174 runs.

8) Marvan Atapattu and Kumar Sangakkara: 438 Runs VS Zimbabwe for 2nd Wicket

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In 2004, Sri Lanka played the 2nd test at Bulawayo against Zimbabwe. The Sri Lankan Spinner Marvan Atapattu and Kumar Sangakkara scored 438 runs. Atapattu scored 249 and was dismissed whereas Sangakkara continued batting and scored 270.

9) Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera: 437 Runs VS Pakistan for 4th wicket

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In 2009 the first test at Karachi, Sri Lankan duo Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera created a record partnership where Samaraweera scored 231 runs and Jayawardene remained unbeaten on 240 runs.

10) Jacques Rudolph and Boeta Dippenaar: 429* Runs VS Bangladesh for 3rd wicket.

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In 2003 the third test match against Bangladesh, Jacques Rudolph and Boeta Dippenaar scored 429* runs, where Rudolph scored 222 runs and Dippenaar scored 177 runs. 

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FAQ : Best Partnership in Test Cricket

What is Test Cricket ? 

Test cricket is the form of cricket that has the longest match duration and is considered the game’s highest standard. Test crickets are long and are mentally and physically very testing, the test match can last up to 5 days or longer.

What is the highest partnership in test cricket?

Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene of Sri Lanka scored 624 runs versus South Africa for the third wicket.

Which is the best opening partnership in One Day International(ODI) cricket?

The best opening partnership in One Day International(ODI) cricket is held by JD Campbell and SD hope they scored 365 runs for their team West Indies Against Ireland.

What is the best partnership in test cricket by India?

The best test partnership cricket in India belongs to MH Mankad and Pankaj Roy; they scored 413 runs on 1st wicket in year 1956 Against New Zealand.

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