India’s opening pair Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan looked pretty impressive against Bangladesh in the first innings of the one-off Test at Fatullah. The duo has been involved in two 275+ run partnerships now. They both have scored 150+ in the same innings of a Test twice. Even though both the partnerships were in the sub-continent and with once against Bangladesh, it is to be noted that in Test history there has been only two other pairs having scored 150+ in the same Test innings twice.

Dhawan scored nearly run-a-ball 173 and Vijay scored a steady 150 against Bangladesh in the rain-hit encounter. They shared a partnership of 283 runs. this was the third instance of two Indian openers scoring 150+ in the same Test innings and second between them. Dhawan had scored 187 on his debut and Vijay scored 153 at Mohali against Australia in 2013.  The first such occasion for India was in 1956 when Vinoo Mankad scored 231 and Pankaj Roy scored 173 and shared a record opening partnership of 413 which stood a record for more than 50 years.

Overall, there have been 16 instances of both openers scoring 150+ for a team in a Test innings.

Stats: 150+ by both openers of a team in a same Test innings

Opener 1

Opener 2

For

Against

Venue

Date

Result

Jack Hobbs (178)

Wilfred Rhodes (179)

England

Australia

MCG

09-Feb-1912

W

Jack Hobbs (154)

Herbert Sutcliffe (176)

England

Australia

MCG

01-Jan-1925

L

Len Hutton (158)

Cyril Washbrook (195)

England

South Africa

Johannesburg

27-Dec-1948

D

Vinoo Mankad (231)

Pankaj Roy (173)

India

New Zealand

Madras

06-Jan-1956

W

Geoff Pullar (175)

Colin Cowdrey (155)

England

South Africa

The Oval

18-Aug-1960

D

Bill Lawry (210)

Bob Simpson (201)

Australia

West Indies

Kensington Oval

05-May-1965

D

Glenn Turner (259)

Terry Jarvis (182)

New Zealand

West Indies

Bourda

06-Apr-1972

D

Aamir Sohail (160)

Ijaz Ahmed (151)

Pakistan

West Indies

Karachi

06-Dec-1997

W

Marvan Atapattu (207*)

Sanath Jayasuriya (188)

Sri Lanka

Pakistan

Kandy

28-Jun-2000

D

Graeme Smith (151)

Herschelle Gibbs (228)

South Africa

Pakistan

Cape Town

02-Jan-2003

W

Graeme Smith (277)

Herschelle Gibbs (179)

South Africa

England

Edgbaston

24-Jul-2003

D

Marvan Atapattu (170)

Sanath Jayasuriya (157)

Sri Lanka

Zimbabwe

Harare

06-May-2005

W

Neil McKenzie (226)

Graeme Smith (232)

South Africa

Bangladesh

Chittagong

29-Feb-2008

W

Murali Vijay (153)

Shikhar Dhawan (187)

India

Australia

Mohali

14-Mar-2013

W

Tamim Iqbal (206)

Imrul Kayes (150)

Bangladesh

Pakistan

Khulna

28-Apr-2015

D

Murali Vijay (150)

Shikhar Dhawan (173)

India

Bangladesh

Fatullah

10-Jun-2015

*Stats are updated upto 14th June 2015

The first pair to do so was Jack Hobbs-Wilfred Rhodes against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in 1912. The second instance also involved Jack Hobbs, almost 13 years later in 1925, at the same venue against the same opposition.

There has been at least one such instance for each team except for West Indies and Zimbabwe. For Zimbabwe it has never happened that both openers scored centuries in the same innings. For West Indies, the best has been Desmond Haynes (167) and Gordon Greenidge (149) against England at St John’s in 1990.

Bill Lawry-Bob Simpson and Graeme Smith-Neil McKenzie are the only two pairs to score double centuries in the same innings for their respective sides.

The record opening partnership of 413 held by Vinoo Mankad-Pankaj Roy was broken by Graeme Smith-Neil McKenzie by adding 415 against Bangladesh at Chittagong in 2008 – 52 years later.

While English pairs have done it the most number of times – four, Australia, Pakistan and West Indies have conceded the most number of times – thrice.

India and Sri Lanka are the only teams against which no opening pair has scored 150+ in the same innings.

Interestingly Vijay-Dhawan is the third pair to score 150+ in a Test innings on two occasions. The first to do so were Graeme Smith-Herschelle Gibbs and later Marvan Atapattu-Sanath Jayasuriya. Jack Hobbs is the other opener to be involved in two instances but with different partners – Wilfred Rhodes and Herbert Sutcliffe.

There is no instance of one of the opener scoring 150+ in each innings for a team. The closest was for England against South Africa at Johannesburg in 2005 where Andrew Strauss scored 147 in the first inning and Marcus Trescothick scored 180 in the second inning.

Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer have the record of scoring 100s in the same inning six times as an opening pair but they both never scored 150+ in the same innings ever.

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