Best Opening Pairs in T20: The innings in T20 cricket must start with a bang, followed by a solid middle overs and a strong end. But the main thing in the innings is that it must start with great contribution from openers. Their main goal will be to score as many points as possible during the mandatory power play. T20I format has some openers who are ideal for all opening pairs. In view of World T20 in a week time, we shall look at the Top5 best opening Pair in T20I format.
Most Dangerous T20 Opening Pair
In 74 innings, they combined for 3007 runs at an average of 41.19, including 8 Century partnerships and 13 Half-Century partnerships.
Here is the list of Top Five Best Opening Pairs in T20I cricket:
5. WTS Porterfield, PR Stirling (Ireland):
This Irish pair is in the top 5 which is interesting. The reason was that they opened in 19 innings. Technically, even leaving these things aside, they are a good pair. Regularly, String and Porterfield gave Ireland good starts. With 485 runs in 19 innings, this duo ranks fifth. They scored at an average of 28.52 which included a Century and 3 Half-Century partnerships with a best of 109*.
4. AD Hales, MJ Lumb (England):
With some explosive starts, this England pair has marked their identity. The English duo stands fourth on the list with 516 runs from 12 innings at an average of 51.60. Both will play in the upcoming World T20. Two century partnerships and two half-centuries were formed in their career, with a best score of 143, which was the 3rd highest in T20I history.
3. G Gambhir, V Sehwag (India):
Sehwag and Gambhir are dangerous in any format of the game. When it comes to T20 format, they are more dangerous. They have played together in all three formats and also on the domestic circuit. 3rd with 545 runs in 17 innings at an average of 32.05, including 1 Century and 2 Half-Centuries with a highest score of 136, the 3rd highest in T20Is.
2. LE Bosman, GC Smith (South Africa):
Considering the average, this South African pair would probably be considered the best opening pair in T20s. Their average score per innings was 59.09. They scored 650 runs in 12 innings they opened, including 2 Century partnerships with a best of 170, the highest ever in T20Is.
1. DA Warner, SR Watson (Australia):
Regardless of the stats, this is the best opening pair in T20Is. In the same way that Viru-Gauti pair knows very well the teams they play for, these two pair open regularly for their teams. Both Warner and Watson are big hitters of the ball, making this pair one of the most dangerous pairs. Their 1104 runs in 31 innings are the most on this list. Three Century stands and six Half-Century stands were held, and their best was 133.