The ICC World Cup 2023 got underway with a bang at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, as England faced off against New Zealand. The highlight of the match was the breathtaking batting display by Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra, who shared an unbeaten 273-run partnership, effortlessly chasing down the target of 283 runs to register a convincing nine-wicket victory.
In their pursuit of a daunting 283-run target against the defending champions, New Zealand experienced an early blow when opener Will Young was dismissed for a duck in the second over. However, Rachin Ravindra and Devon Conway joined forces to put on a record 273-run partnership from just 211 deliveries.
This second-wicket partnership between Conway and Rachin Ravindra not only stands as the highest ever but also marks the first time a New Zealand duo has surpassed the 200-run mark, shattering the previous record of 168 set by Chris Harris and Lee Germon in 1996 against Australia in Chennai.
Additionally, this partnership stands as the all-time highest for New Zealand men in the history of the World Cup. Overall, it is the fourth highest ever partnership in the history of the ODI World Cup. The 372-run stand between Marlon Smauels and Chris Gayle, which they scored back in 2015 tops this list.
Highest Partnerships for New Zealand in ODI World Cups
|170*||Rachin & Conway||England||2023|
|168||Germon & Harris||Australia||1996|
|166*||Guptill & McCullum||Zimbabwe||2011|
Highest Partnerships in ODI World Cups
- 372 for 2nd Wicket – Marlon Samuels and Chris Gayle (West Indies) vs New Zealand – 2015
- 318 for 2nd Wicket – Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid (India) vs Sri lanka – 1999
- 282 for 1st Wicket – Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka) v Zimbabwe – 2011
- 273* for 2nd Wicket – Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra (New Zealand) v England – 2023*
Furthermore, Rachin Ravindra’s century also cements his position as the quickest and youngest New Zealand batter to reach a century in the illustrious history of the ODI World Cup.