Top 10 Highest 2nd Wicket Partnerships in T20 World Cup

Top 10 Highest 2nd Wicket Partnerships in T20 World Cup

There aren’t many instances in the T20 WC where more than 100 runs have been scored for the second wicket. Here is the list of the top 10 highest 2nd wicket partnerships in the history of the T20 World Cup.

The T20 World Cup, a cricketing spectacle that brings nations together in a fierce battle for glory, has witnessed breathtaking moments and remarkable partnerships. From blistering boundaries to strategic accumulations, these partnerships showcase the essence of teamwork and resilience that define the T20 format.

Highest 2nd Wicket Partnerships T20 World Cup: Top 10 List

Maintaining momentum is aided by a strong start from the openers. However, it also helps the team set a good goal and prevents additional wickets from being lost. Furthermore, it becomes much more crucial during the T20 World Cup’s high-stress matches. 

1) Quinton de Kock and Rilee Rossouw – 168 Runs

South African batsmen, Quinton de Kock and Rilee Rossouw hold the record for the highest 2nd wicket partnership of 168 runs in the T20 World Cup history.

The 2022 T20 World Cup witnessed a masterclass in batting when both openers smashed boundaries against Bangladesh in Sydney. 

Their exhibition of power-hitting and precise shot selection left fans in awe, setting a formidable record for the highest second-wicket partnership in the history of the tournament.

2) Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara – 166 Runs

In the Caribbean heat of Bridgetown during the 2010 T20 World Cup, the Sri Lankan maestros, Mahela Jayawardene, and Kumar Sangakkara scored a masterpiece of knocks, accumulating 166 runs against the West Indies. Their partnership showcased the elegance and class that defined Sri Lankan cricket during that era.

3) T. Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene – 145 Runs

Chittagong, 2014 – a stage set for T. Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene to weave magic with the bat. Against England, they crafted a partnership worth 145 runs, blending aggression with finesse. Their ability to control the game’s tempo and navigate through tricky situations reflected their seasoned partnership.

4) Mitchell Marsh and David Warner – 124 Runs

Abu Dhabi, 2011 – Mitchell Marsh and David Warner, donning the Australian colors, left a lasting impression with a formidable 124-run partnership against the West Indies. 

Their aggressive intent and calculated risk-taking laid the foundation for an imposing total, showcasing the Australian flair for aggressive cricket.

5) Craig Kieswetter and Kevin Pietersen – 111 Runs

Bridgetown, 2010 – England’s dynamic duo, Craig Kieswetter and Kevin Pietersen, announced their arrival with authority, compiling 111 runs against Australia. 

This partnership not only propelled England to a commanding position but also established them as a force to be reckoned with in T20 cricket.

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6) Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara – 108 Runs

The pairing of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara appears once again on this list, this time with an unbeaten 108-run stand against the West Indies in Pallekele in 2012. 

Their ability to complement each other’s strengths and cover for any batting challenges made them a nightmare for opposition bowlers.

7) Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma – 106 Runs

In Dhaka during the 2014 T20 World Cup, the Indian duo of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma showcased their batting prowess with a partnership of 106 runs against the West Indies. 

Their synergy at the crease not only entertained the fans but also underscored the depth of talent in the Indian batting lineup.

8) Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma – 100 Runs

The dynamic Indian pair strikes again, this time posting a century stand of 100 runs against Bangladesh in Dhaka during the same 2014 tournament. 

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s ability to adapt to different match situations and build partnerships of substance exemplifies their stature in modern-day cricket.

9) Michael Hussey and Shane Watson – 99 Runs

Colombo, 2012 – Michael Hussey and Shane Watson, two stalwarts of Australian cricket, combined forces to notch up a crucial 99-run partnership against South Africa. 

Their resilience in the face of quality bowling showcased the tenacity that makes Australia a formidable T20 opponent.

10. Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith – 97 Runs

The South African duo of Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith etched their names in T20 World Cup history with a 97-run partnership against India in Gross Islet during the 2010 edition. 

Their partnership was a blend of experience and power-hitting, reflecting the diversity of skills within the South African squad.


From the towering scores to nail-biting finishes, these partnerships have left an indelible mark on the T20 World Cup. As the cricketing world eagerly awaits the next edition, fans can only hope to witness new partnerships that push the boundaries of what’s possible in this dynamic and exhilarating format.

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