Top 10: Highest Partnership in a Losing Cause in ODI

There is a saying in cricket that partnerships win games for the team, and this is especially important as the format gets longer. Whether it is ODI or Tests, the need for long and huge batting partnerships is paramount for the batting team. This helps the batting team not just by piling up huge scores but also by frustrating and draining the fielding team to a large extent.

A big partnership most often results in their team’s win, but there are occasions when a team loses despite a monumental stand from one of their batting pairs. Here in this article, we delve into such occurrences where the team has lost, even though a pair has added a significant number of runs for any wicket.

Let’s look at the top 10 highest partnerships that came in losing cause in ODIs.

Highest Partnership in a Losing Cause in ODI

Azmatullah Omarzai, Mohammad Nabi (AFG)2426thSri LankaPallekele9 Feb 2024
Herschelle Gibbs, Gary Kirsten (SA)2351stIndiaKochi9 Mar 2000
Ijaz Ahmed, Saeed Anwar (PAK)2303rdIndiaDhaka18 Jan 1998
Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield (IRE)2274thKenyaNairobi2 Feb 2007
Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (AFG)2271stPakistanHambantota24 Aug 2023
Andrew Flintoff, Andrew Staruss (ENG)2264thWest IndiesLord’s6 Jul 2004
Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed (PAK)2241stIndiaMirpur18 Mar 2012
Mohammad Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja (IND)2235thSri LankaColombo (RPS)17 Aug 1997
VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh (IND)2134thAustraliaSydney22 Jan 2004
Andrew Balbirnie, Harry Tector (IRE) 212*3rdZimbabweHarare18 Jan 2023

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Key Insights

242: This is the biggest partnership in the history of ODI cricket in a losing cause. This happened between the pair of Azmatullah Omarzai and Mohammad Nabi in an ODI game between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan at Pallekele. It is the only 200-run stand for the 6th or lower wickets that came in a loss.

150: There have been over 115 instances where a partnership of 150 or more runs resulted in a losing cause for a team, with most of them coming between the 1st and 4th wickets.

434: One of those 150+ partnerships, a 158-run collaboration between Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey, ended up in a loss even though it helped Australia post a huge 434 runs on the board. This is the highest team total that resulted in a defeat in the 50-over format.

17: The number of times a partnership has crossed 200 or more runs in ODIs in a losing cause.

2: There are 2 pairs each from Afghanistan, India, Ireland, and Pakistan that feature in the top 10 partnerships when their teams lost.

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