West Indies openers break Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq’s world record

How many times has one heard the phrase, records are meant to be broken? Well, today, it is a bright day for West Indies cricket as Shai Hope and John Campbell have broken the world record of biggest opening partnership.

West Indies openers Shai Hope and John Campbell, broke the all-time opening partnership in one-day international (ODI) history.

West Indies openers John Campbell and Shai Hope shattered the record for the highest first-wicket partnership with a stand of 365 against Ireland in Dublin on Sunday.

John Campbell (179) and Shai Hope (170) put on a record stand against Ireland.

The duo comfortably exceeded the previous opening best at this level of 304 set by Pakistan’s Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo in July last year.

Zaman and Imam had added 304 runs for the first wicket against Zimbabwe last year.

Campbell made 179 and Hope 170 in an eventual total of 381 for three after the visitors were sent in to bat by Ireland captain William Porterfield at Clontarf.

Hope was first to his century while Campbell quickly followed to him to a hundred — his first in international cricket.

They were both dismissed in the 48th over, Campbell top-edging Barry McCarthy to mid-off with Hope falling three balls later when he holed out to deep square-leg.

Dublin , Ireland – 5 May 2019; John Campbell of West Indies during the One Day International between Ireland and West Indies at Clontarf Cricket Club in Clontarf, Dublin. (Photo By Sam Barnes/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Campbell faced 137 balls, including 15 fours and six sixes, with Hope’s 152-ball knock featuring 22 fours and two sixes.

The only higher partnership in the 4,128-match history of men’s ODI cricket also belongs to the West Indies, with Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels sharing a second-wicket stand of 372 against Zimbabwe in Canberra during the 2015 World Cup.

Ireland’s attack had sparked an England top-order collapse at nearby Malahide on Friday but had no answer as the West Indies ran riot in the opening match of a triangular series also featuring Bangladesh.

Faced with a mammoth chase, Ireland promptly collapsed to 21 for three before Kevin O’Brien’s 68 at least gave the West Indies bowlers something to think about. But the West Indies were always in control with off-spinner Ashley Nurse taking four for 51 in Ireland’s 185 all out.

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