Windies openers Shai Hope and John Campbell scripted history on Sunday after they broke the all-time opening partnership record in the 50 overs format of the game. The duo of Shai Hope and Campbell achieved the feat during the 1st ODI of the ongoing tri-series against Ireland in Dublin.
The exceptional performance helped the duo get past Pakistan openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq who had added 304 runs for the opening wicket against Zimbabwe previous year. The record by Hope and Campbell will surely lift Windies as a nation as they look to spring in a surprise or two in the upcoming 2019 World Cup.
The opening duo of Hope and Campbell shared a mammoth 365 runs for the opening wicket in 47.2 overs to script history. Eventually, it was Barry McCarthy who broke the marathon stand when he got rid of John Campbell. The latter was dismissed after scoring 179 of 137 deliveries. The knock included 15 fours and 6 sixes. Meanwhile, Shai Hope scored 170 of 152 deliveries which included 22 fours and a couple of monstrous sixes.
Meanwhile, the duo also became the 2nd pair in the history of ODI cricket to share a stand of more than 300 runs for the opening wicket. The India record is held by none other than the great Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly when they stitched together a sensational stand of 258 runs against Kenya at Paarl.
Here is a list showing the top ten opening-wicket stand:
|Shai Hope, John Campbell||365||West Indies||v Ireland||Dublin|
|Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman||304||Pakistan||v Zimbabwe||Bulawayo|
|WU Tharanga, ST Jayasuriya||286||Sri Lanka||v England||Leeds|
|DA Warner, TM Head||284||Australia||v Pakistan||Adelaide|
|Q de Kock, HM Amla||282*||South Africa||v Bangladesh||Kimberley|
|WU Tharanga, TM Dilshan||282||Sri Lanka||v Zimbabwe||Pallekele|
|JAH Marshall, BB McCullum||274||New Zealand||v Ireland||Aberdeen|
|SC Ganguly, SR Tendulkar||258||India||v Kenya||Paarl|
|JJ Roy, AD Hales||256*||England||v Sri Lanka||Birmingham|
|SC Ganguly, SR Tendulkar||252||India||v Sri Lanka||Colombo (RPS)|