Smith, McKenzie break 52-year-old record

Updated: 01 March 2008 17:46 IST

Graeme Smith and Neil McKenzie rewrote history books on Saturday when they broke a long-standing world record for the best opening stand ever.

Smith, McKenzie break 52-year-old record

Chittagong:

South African skipper Graeme Smith and Neil McKenzie rewrote history books on Saturday when they broke a long-standing world record for the best opening stand ever.

The duo surpassed the 413-run partnership between India's Pankaj Roy and Vinoo Mankad set in Chennai in 1956 against New Zealand, on the second day of the second Test against Bangladesh at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium.

The skipper celebrated the milestone, reached when he took a single off Shakib Al Hasan, by shaking hands with his opening partner in the middle.

The pair also received a standing ovation from the South African dressing room and the home crowd.

Their stand however came to an end just two runs later when Smith was bowled by left-arm spinner Abdur Razzaq for 232 that came off 277 balls and included 33 fours and a six.

Leading first wicket stands in Test matches (partners, score, teams, venue, year):

N McKenzie, G Smith 415 South Africa vs Bangladesh Chittagong 2008
M Mankad, P Roy 413 India vs New Zealand Chennai 1956
V Sehwag, R Dravid 410 India vs Pakistan Lahore 2006
G Turner, T Jarvis 387 New Zealand vs West Indies Georgetown 1972
W Lawry, R Simpson 382 Australia vs West Indies Bridgetown 1965
G Smith, H Gibbs 368 South Africa vs Pakistan Cape Town 2003
L Hutton, C Washbrook 359 England vs S A Johannesburg 1948
G Smith, H Gibbs 338 South Africa vs England Birmingham 2003
M Atapattu, S Jayasuriya 335 Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Kandy 2000
G Marsh, M Taylor 329 Australia vs England Nottingham 1989.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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