Sourav Ganguly-Rahul Dravid batting record broken by England pair
Nottinghamshire opening pair of Michael Lumb and Riki Wessels went on to break a long-standing batting record for the highest List A stand in England held by India greats Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly on Monday.
In an absolute run-fest at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, Michael Lumb and Rikki Wessels rewrote history books with an astonishing opening stand of 342 runs that enabled Nottinghamshire to post a mammoth total of 445 for 8 in 50 overs.
This partnership beats the previous-best record of the highest-ever partnership in one-day cricket in England held by Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid – their 318-run partnership against Sri Lanka in Taunton in the 1999 World Cup.
Nottinghamshire’s total was only the second only to Surrey’s 496 for 4 against Gloucestershire at the Oval in 2007, among highest totals in List A matches across the globe.
Both the batsmen scored centuries and created bigger records by notching up double tons of their own, had they not perished in the 40th and 43rd over respectively.
While Lumb smashed a 150-ball 184, that included 21 fours and six sixes, Wessels scored a menacing 146 off just 97 deliveries, smashing 14 fours and eight sixes. While Joshua Cobb managed three wickets, the likes of Ben Sanderson (1 for 94), Steven Crook (1 for 84) and Azharullah (0 for 82) had forgettable outings.
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England Cricketer Lumb : “It was a bit twitchy. What a great game of cricket. Never in doubt.
“I was surprised they took it that deep but it’s credit to them. Rory Kleinveldt was unbelievable. It was an unbelievable game. I don’t think we could do too much more. I’m proud of all the boys.”
The Nottinghamshire stand beat the previous record in England of 318 by Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid for India against Sri Lanka at Taunton in the 1999 World Cup.
Lumb and Wessels’ English record is the third-highest partnership in List A games, behind the 372 which Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels took off Zimbabwe in the 2015 World Cup.
The record for the highest team total is held by Surrey, who made 496-4 against Gloucestershire in 2007.
List A matches are played over 40-60 overs.
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