West Indian Openers Break Fakhar-Imam Record

West Indian Openers Break Fakhar-Imam Record With 365 Run Stand

It took magnificent batting from West Indian openers Shai Hope and John Campbell to break the record for the highest first-wicket partnership in a one-day international with a stand of 365 against Ireland on Sunday.

Both the openers were on fire in Dublin as Campbell scored 179 and Hope 170 as the West Indians smashed 381 runs for the loss of three wickets after being sent in by the hosts.

They broke many records during their historic partnership, including the previous highest first-wicket partnership set by Pakistan’s Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman who added 304 runs against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo last year.

Campbell – Hope fell just seven runs short of the record partnership for any wicket that was set by Marlon Samuels and  Chris Gayle – 372 runs for the second wicket – also against Zimbabwe during the 2015 World Cup.

They could have become the first opening pair to bat for 50 overs in an ODI. Sadly, they were both dismissed in the 48th over bowled by Barry McCarthy.

Needless to say, Ireland couldn’t match the two time former World Champions and were all out for 185 runs.

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Staff Reporter

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