Englad cricket team batters Jos Buttler and Alex Hales' 170* opening stand against India in the semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2022 is the highest partnership in T20 World Cup history.

Chasing a target of 169, the pair came out all guns blazing to register a huge 10-wicket win. While skipper Buttler scored 80* off 49, his partner took on the Indian bowlers hit a 47-ball 86.

South African cricketer Quinton de Kock’s 168-run stand with Rilee Rossouw against Bangladesh is the second highest partnership in the competition's history. The record came in a Super 12 match at the 2022 edition of the tournament.

Rilee Rossouw joined Quinton de Kock played with an attacking intent to post a total of 205/5, with de Kock scoring a 38-ball 63 and Rossouw smashing a scintillating 56-ball 109.

While de Kock smashed seven fours and three sixes, Rossouw plundered seven fours and eight maximums. Thereafter, the bowlers defended the total with ease to guide their team to a 104-run win.

Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene’s 166-run partnership with Kumar Sangakkara against West Indies in the 2010 edition stands third on the list of highest partnership in T20 World Cup.

West Indies got an early breakthrough after Kemar Roach dismissed Sanath Jayasuriya in the third over. However, the Lankans Mahela Jayawardene’s unbeaten 56-ball 98, which comprised nine boundaries and four maximums and Kumar Sangakkara’s brisk 49-ball 68 powered their team to a total of 195/3, getting a 166-run partnership in the process.

Defending the total, Ajantha Mendis and Lasith Malinga took three wickets each to register an easy 57-run win.

Pakistan duo Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam also have one of the highest partnerships in T20 World Cup history.

The opening pair’s unbeaten 152-run stand against India in the 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup helped their side to a 10-wicket win. Rizwan and Azam both scored their respective fifties, getting a combined 12 fours and five sixes to register their first win over India in the tournament.

Earlier, Shaheen Afridi’s fiery spell restricted their opponents to 151/7 in their quota of 20 overs.

We have two more century stands, both coming in the same match, that are in the list of highest partnership in T20 World Cup.

In the Group 1 match of the T20 World Cup 2014 between Sri Lanka and England, the latter won the toss and elected to field first.

Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan made 145 runs together, which included Jayawardene’s 51-ball 89 and his Dilshans’ 55 off 47 balls. With contributions from other middle-order batters, Sri Lanka posted a total of 189/4.

In reply, the Englishmen lost two wickets in the first over itself with no runs on the scoreboard. However, Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan’s 152-run partnership ensured early setbacks were brushed aside as they scored a century and a half-century, respectively, guiding England to a six-wicket triumph.

Highest partnerships in T20 World Cup

Partners Team Opposition Runs Year
Jos Buttler and Alex Hales England India 170* 2022
Quinton de Kock and Rilee Rossouw South Africa Bangladesh 168 2022
Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka West Indies 166 2010
Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam Pakistan India 152* 2021
Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan England Sri Lanka 152 2014
Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene Sri Lanka England 145 2014
Chris Gayle and Devon Smith West Indies South Africa 145 2007
Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt Pakistan Bangladesh 142 2010
KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma India Afghanistan 140 2021
Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag India England 136 2007


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