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PSL highest partnership: Highest partnership in PSL history for all wickets

Dixit Bhargav

PSL highest partnership: Highest partnership in PSL history for all wickets

Peshawar Zalmi opening batter Saim Ayub and captain Babar Azam joined hands to put together the second-highest partnership in the history of the Pakistan Super League at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium last night.

Also the second-highest opening partnership in the eight seasons of competition till now, Ayub and Azam registered an 81-ball 162-run stand before the former played a shot too many to get out in the 14th over. A slightly dominant partner between the two, Ayub scored 74 (34) with the help of six fours and five sixes at a strike rate of 217.64 in a partnership where the batters batted at a strike rate of 200.

Azam, meanwhile, scored his maiden century in the PSL to become the 13th cricketer to score a century in the tournament. Having said that, the 29-year old player still faced severe criticism for his eventual strike rate of 176.92 in an ultra high-scoring match which witnessed Quetta Gladiators registering the highest successful run-chase in the PSL.

Azam, who responded to critics in a sarcastic manner during the post-match press conference, is the only batter to feature as many as four times among the Top 10 PSL highest partnerships. Sharjeel Khan, Azam’s teammate at Karachi Kings until last season, is next on the list with three entries among the Top 10 highest partnerships in PSL.

As a result, it isn’t surprising as to why three out of the Top 10 partnerships have been achieved by players representing Kings. While Karachi and Quetta have been at the receiving end of top PSL partnerships twice each, defending champions Lahore Qalandars are at the top of the list on the back of conceding three such partnerships.

Highest partnership in PSL history for all wickets (table updated on March 11, 2023)

S. No.BattersRunsWicketTeamOppositionGroundYear
1Sharjeel Khan & Babar Azam1761stKarachi KingsIslamabad UnitedKarachi2021
2Saim Ayub & Babar Azam1621stPeshawar ZalmiQuetta GladiatorsRawalpindi2023
3Liam Livingstone & Babar Azam1571stKarachi KingsMultan SultansDubai2019
4Usman Khan & Mohammad Rizwan1571stMultan SultansQuetta GladiatorsRawalpindi2023
5Ben Dunk & Smit Patel1554thLahore QalandarsQuetta GladiatorsLahore2020
6Ahsan Ali & Will Smeed1551stQuetta GladiatorsPeshawar ZalmiKarachi2022
7Shane Watson & Sharjeel Khan1531stIslamabad UnitedLahore QalandarsSharjah2016
8Sharjeel Khan & Babar Azam151*1stKarachi KingsLahore QalandarsKarachi2020
9Colin Munro & Iftikhar Ahmed150*3rdIslamabad UnitedKarachi KingsAbu Dhabi2021
10Shan Masood & Mohammad Rizwan1501stMultan SultansLahore QalandarsKarachi2022

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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav


Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who works as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. Having written more than 10,000 articles across more than five years at TSR, 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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