Highest 9th wicket partnership in T20Is: Romario Shepherd and Akeal Hosein score 28 runs off final over to enter record books

Dixit Bhargav
|Published January 24, 2022

Highest 9th wicket partnership in T20Is: The West Indian lower-order pair almost sealed a near-improbable chase at Kensington Oval.

During the second T20I of the ongoing England’s tour of West Indies in Barbados, England beat West Indies by a run in a cliffhanger of a run-chase.

Chasing a 172-run target, West Indies scored 170/8 in 20 overs primarily due to an unbeaten 72-run partnership for the ninth wicket between all-rounder Romario Shepherd (44 not out) and spinner Akeal Hosein (44 not out).

Needing 73 runs to win off 29 balls when Hosein entered the Kensington Oval with a bat in hand, the duo hit some blazing boundaries on their way of registering a remarkable comeback. With the situation reducing to them requiring 61 runs in three overs, the pair hit as many as three sixes in a Chris Jordan over but still needed 38 off the last two.

Playing in place of Tymal Mills in this match, England pacer Reece Topley gave away just eight runs in the penultimate over leaving the hosts with a near-improbably target of scoring 30 runs in the final over.

Facing Saqib Mahmood, Hosein scored a couple of boundaries in between two wide deliveries to need 20 runs off the last three deliveries. Not giving up on the chase, the 28-year old player hit three consecutive sixes surpass Dwayne Bravo and Jerome Taylor’s 66-run partnership for the ninth wicket against Pakistan in Dubai six years ago.

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While Shepherd (one four and five sixes at a strike rate of 157.14) and Hosein (three fours and four sixes at a strike rate of 275) might not have sealed the chase, their individual knocks have it in them to raise their stakes especially ahead of Indian Premier League 2022 mega auction.

Highest 9th wicket partnership in T20Is

Saber Zakhil & Saqlain Ali132*BelgiumAustriaWaterloo2021
Romario Shepherd & Akeal Hosein72*West IndiesEnglandBridgetown2022
Dwayne Bravo & Jerome Taylor66West IndiesPakistanDubai2016
Sohail Tanvir & Saeed Ajmal63PakistanSri LankaDubai2013
David Miller & Lutho Sipamla68*South AfricaPakistanLahore2021
Gary Wilson & Max Sorensen47*IrelandBangladeshBelfast2012
Sohail Tanvir & Wahab Riaz45PakistanEnglandDubai2013
Simi Singh & Ben McCarthy44*IrelandNetherlandsRotterdam2018
Tonmoy Saha & Md Nurul Huda44*FinlandSpainKerava2019

Highest T20I partnership

Hazratullah Zazai & Usman Ghani2361stAfghanistanIrelandDehradun2019
Aaron Finch & D’Archy Short2231stAustraliaZimbabweHarare2018
George Munsey & Kyle Coetzer2001stScotlandNetherlandsDublin2019
Mohammad Rizwan & Babar Azam1971stPakistanSouth AfricaCenturion2021
Devon Conway & Glenn Phillips1843rdNew ZealandWest IndiesMount Maunganui2020
Dawid Malan & Eoin Morgan1823rdEnglandNew ZealandNapier2019
Balaji Pai & Louis Bruce172*1stGibraltarBulgariaMursa2021
Martin Guptill & Kane Williamson171*1stNew ZealandPakistanHamilton2016
Graeme Smith & Loots Bosman1701stSouth AfricaEnglandCenturion2009

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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav

Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who is currently into his fifth year as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. His first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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