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Suresh Iyer
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England vs India at Nottingham, July 2014 (198 Runs)

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England vs India at Nottingham, July 2014 (198 Runs)

In the first Test of a series on the India tour of England in July 2014. the visitors batted first. After India posted 457 on the back of a century partnership for the last wicket between Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami England got off to a steady start. But from the comfort of 134 for one day found themselves down to 298 for nine and James Anderson joined Joe Root at the wicket. The pair added 198 runs to shatter the previous record partnership of 163 for the last wicket set by Australia exactly a year earlier. While Joe Root scored an unbeaten 154, James Anderson was the last match out on 81. The match ended in a high-scoring draw.

Australia vs England at Nottingham, July 2013 (163 Runs)

England batted first in the first match of a series on the Australia tour of England in July 2013. After England were bowled out for 215, Australia found themselves in a spot of trouble at 117 for nine when Ashton Agar joined Phil Hughes at the crease. The pair got together in a record stand of 163 for the last wicket to give Australia a handy first-innings lead of 65. While Ashton Agar fell two runs short of a well-deserved century, Phil Hughes remained not out on 81. In the process, the pair shattered the previous record of 151 set by New Zealand versus Pakistan in February 1973. Sadly, for the players and their side, the record partnership was not enough to prevent them from losing the match by 14 runs.

New Zealand vs Pakistan at Auckland, February 1973 (151 Runs)

In the first match of a series on the Pakistan tour of New Zealand in February 1973, the visitors batted first and scored 402. In reply, the home side were 251/9, when Richard Collinge joined Brian Hastings at the crease. The partnership was broken when New Zealand score was tied with Pakistan’s at 402. While Collinge remained unbeaten on 78, Hardinge scored 110 with 10 fours in a 275-minute stay at the wicket. Though the match ended in a draw, the partnership had shattered the previous record of 130 runs for the last wicket set by England against Australia in Sydney in 1930.

Pakistan vs South Africa at Rawalpindi, October 1997 (151 Runs)

In the first match of a series on the New Zealand tour of Pakistan in October 1997, Pakistan batted first. They were reduced to 8 for 231 before they recovered on the back of a ninth-wicket stand of 74. With the scorecard reading 305/9, nobody would have expected the innings to go on much longer after Mushtaq Ahmad joined Azhar. However, the pair added 151 runs to boost the score to 456. The match ended in a draw after South Africa replied with 403. Had the last wicket pair scored one more run, they would have set a new mark, breaking the existing record of 151 set by New Zealand in 1973.

West Indies vs England at Birmingham, June 2012 (143 Runs)

West Indies batted first in the third Test in Birmingham on their tour of England in June 2012. Following a regular fall of wickets, the visitors were reduced to 283 for 9. That was the cue for Tino Best to join Denesh Ramdin at the crease. The pair added 143 runs for the 10th wicket before Best got out five short of a century. Ramdin remained not out on 107, in a rain-hit match that ended without result.

Pakistan vs West Indies at Bridgetown, February 1977 (133 Runs)

Batting first in the first Test of their tour of the West Indies in February 1977, Pakistan scored 435. The home side replied with 421. In their second knock, Pakistan were reduced 258 for nine when Wasim Bari joined Wasim Raja at the crease. The pair added 133 runs before Raja got out for 71. Bari remained unbeaten on 60. In the process, the visitors set the home side a target of 306.  In their second knock, West Indies who were reduced to 9 for 237 managed to hang on to earn a draw.

India vs Bangladesh at Dhaka, December 2004 (133 Runs)

In the first Test in Dhaka on the India tour of Bangladesh in December 2004, the home side batted first and were bowled out for 184. When India replied they were poised on a score of 393 for 9, when Zaheer Khan joined Sachin Tendulkar at the crease. The pair got together in a stand of 133 runs which ended when Zaheer got out for 75. Tendulkar remained not out on 248. In their second knock, Bangladesh were bowled out for 202, rendering India the winners by an innings and 140 runs.

England vs Australia at Sydney, December 1903 (130 Runs)

On the Ashes tour in December 1903 England faced Australia in the first Test in Sydney. The home side batted first and were bowled out for 285. When England replied the scorecard read 447 for nine when Wilfred Rhodes joined Tip Foster at the crease. The pair added 130 runs for the last wicket before Foster was out for 287 while Rhodes remained not out on 40. Though the match ended in a high scoring draw it became known for the last wicket record partnership set by Foster and Rhodes. They had in fact broken the previous mark of 120 set by Armstrong and Duff of Australia against England in January 1902.

 10th wicket Partnership Record in Test Cricket

Date Partnership Runs Venue Team Rivals
9 Jul 2014 Root, Anderson 198 Nottingham England India
10 Jul 2013 Hughes, Agar 163 Nottingham Australia England
16 Feb 1973 Hastings, Collinge 151 Auckland New Zealand Pakistan
6 Oct 1997 Azhar Mahmood, Mushtaq Ahmed 151 Rawalpindi Pakistan South Africa
7 Jun 2012 Ramdin, Best 143 Birmingham West Indies England
18 Feb 1977 Wasim Raja, Wasim Bari 133 Bridgetown Pakistan West Indies
10 Dec 2004 Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan 133 Dhaka India Bangladesh
11 Dec 1903 Foster, Rhodes 130 Sydney England Australia
18 Aug 1966 Higgs, Snow 128 The Oval England West Indies
19 Dec 1924 Taylor, Mailey 127 Sydney Australia England
9 Oct 2013 Watling, Boult 127 Chattogram New Zealand Bangladesh
22 Nov 1985 Bracewell, Boock 124 Sydney New Zealand Australia
1 Jan 1902 Duff, Armstrong 120 Melbourne Australia England
13 Mar 2002 Astle, Cairns 118 Christchurch New Zealand England
24 Jul 1980 Willey, Willis 117* The Oval England West Indies
18 Nov 2004 Gillespie, McGrath 114 Brisbane Australia New Zealand
9 Jul 2014 B Kumar, M Shami 111 Nottingham India England
16 Oct 1952 Adhikari, Ghulam Ahmed 109 Delhi India Pakistan

 

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