The West Indies opening pair of John Campbell and Shai Hope created history. They broke the world record for the highest partnership for the first wicket in one-day internationals when the pair put on a staggering 365 runs against Ireland at Dublin on Sunday.
|West Indies 381-3 (50 overs): Campbell 179, S Hope 170; McCarthy 2-76|
|Ireland 185 (34.4): O’Brien 68; Nurse 4-51; Gabriel 3-44|
|West Indies win by 196 runs|
Campbell scored 179 (137 balls, 15 fours and six sixes) while Hope scored 170 (152 balls, 22 fours and two sixes). The pair were on the pitch for 48 overs when Campbell was dismissed by Barry McCarthy. West Indies posted 381 for 3.
Ireland were out for 185 in 34.4 overs as Kevin O’Brien top-scored with 68.
The previous record for the highest opening stand was set by Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman and Iman-ul-Haq during an ODI against Zimbabwe in 2018. They’d added 304 runs for the first wicket.
Highest opening partnership in ODIs:
365 Shai Hope – John Campbell v Ire Dublin 2019
304 Fakhar Zaman – Imam-ul-Haq v Zim Bulawayo 2018
286 S Jayasuriya – U Tharanga v Eng Leeds 2006
The pair scored 37 boundaries and eight sixes together
Heart of the matter
Ireland won the toss and elected to field first, but theirdecision to field first backfired, ironically Campbell escaped a run-out attempt with the first ball of the match.
Records kept tumbling as the openers thrashed the Irish attack to all parts of the ground.
But they pair fell short of the all time highest partnership by just 7 runs,
They were smashing their way towards the Gayle and Samuels record when Campbell was caught by the Irish skipper on the boundary.
Highest partnerships in ODIs:
372 C Gayle – M Samuels v Zim Canberra 2015
365 S Hope – J Campbell v Ire Dublin 2019 *
331 S Tendulkar – R Dravid v NZ Hyderabad 1999
318 S Ganguly – R Dravid v SL Taunton 1999
Ireland, West Indies and Bangladesh are currently involved in a tri-series which will have seven matches in all, including the final.
West Indies will be back in action in the Tri-Nations series against Bangladesh on Tuesday at Malahide with Ireland’s next contest in the competition against the Tigers at the same venue on Thursday.