ODI World Cup 2023: Warner-Marsh opening partnership is the second highest in the World Cup history

Warner and Marsh showed their class and power with their huge 259-run stand against Pakistan during the 18th match of the ODI World Cup 2023

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ODI World Cup 2023: Warner-Marsh opening partnership is the second highest in the World Cup history

David Warner brought up his century in just 85 balls Image - AFP/Getty

Pakistan won the toss and decided to bowl first as Australia got off to a brilliant start. Opener Warner hammered 163 runs off 124 balls, packed with 14 fours and nine sixes. Meanwhile, his opening partner Marsh clattered 121 off 108 deliveries, including 10 fours and nine sixes. Marsh also scored a half-century in the last game and he needed to build his consistency. He showed that and scored a brilliant century.

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It was only the fourth time in World Cup history that both openers scored centuries in the same match. Without Afridi's five-wicket haul, Pakistan were seen nowhere in the game. Rauf was hammered 70 runs in his first five overs by the Australian openers.

Mitchell Marsh drilled one through covers to get to his century  Image - Getty
Mitchell Marsh drilled one through covers to get to his century Image - Getty

Warner survived twice on 10 and 105 but Marsh was well-focused on a smooth Chinnaswamy Stadium. The openers saw Australia post 367/9 in 50 overs in match 18 of the 2023 World Cup in Bengaluru on Friday.

Shaheen Afridi led Pakistan's late fightback in the first innings with a five-wicket haul while Haris Rauf took three wickets. Otherwise the Aussies would have gone past 400.

Let's check out the Top 5 highest opening partnerships in the World Cup history.

Top 5 Highest Opening Partnerships In ODI World Cup History:

  • 282 by Tillkaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga (Sri Lanka) - WC 2011

  • 259 by Mitchell Marsh and David Warner (Australia) - WC 2023

  • 231 by Tillkaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga (Sri Lanka) - WC 2011

  • 194 by Saeed Anwar and Wajahatullah Wasti (Pakistan) - WC 1999

  • 189 by Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul (India) - WC 2019

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