Windies opening duo Hope, Campbell smash ODI world record

By Sports Desk May 05, 2019

Windies top order batsmen Shai Hope and John Campbell set a new world record for an opening partnership, after amassing a jaw-dropping 369 in the first One Day International (ODI) against Ireland, in Dublin, on Sunday.

Campbell, who was recording his maiden ODI century after six appearances, stroked a majestic 179 off 137 balls.  Hope, who was recording a 5th century coming from 50 ODI matches, made seven runs less runs off 152 balls.

The new mark replaced the previous best of 304 set by Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman of Pakistan against Zimbabwe in 2018.  The previous best by a West Indian opening pair was 200, set by Stuart Williams and Shivnarine Chanderpaul against India in 1997.  Overall, the total is the second highest ODI runs partnership for any batting pair, just behind the 372 set by Marlon Samuels and Chris Gayle against Zimbabwe in 2015.

The record partnership put the regional team in a strong position against Ireland, after ending the innings with a total of 381 for 3.  The score was also the second highest ODI total posted by the West Indies, just below the 389 set by the regional team against England at the National Stadium in Grenada earlier this year.

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