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International cricket is very competitive, and ODI is altogether a different game. Unlike T20 cricket, where the shortest format is in full flow, teams must play the long game in ODI cricket. A team is never really out of the game and can always stage a late comeback if the lower-middle order starts to fight back. We look at such fightbacks where the lower middle order rallied despite initial hiccups.

Highest Eighth Wicket Partnership in ODIs

Glenn Maxwell and Pat Cummins hold the record for the highest eighth wicket stand in ODIs. The duo put together a double-century stand which helped Australia clinch a sensational win over Afghanistan in the 2023 World Cup. 

Here are the top five highest eighth partnerships in ODIs: 

2023Glenn Maxwell-Pat CumminsAustralia202*Afghanistan
2006Justin Kemp-Andrew HallSouth Africa138*India
1994Paul Reiffel-Shane WarneAustralia119South Africa
1987Dave Houghton-Iain ButchartZimbabwe117New Zealand
2007Elton Chigumbura-Gary BrentZimbabwe115South Africa

Glenn Maxwell & Pat Cummins – 202* vs Afghanistan

The highest ODI stand for the eighth wicket is in the name of Glenn Maxwell and Pat Cummins in the 2023 ODI World Cup fixture between Australia and Afghanistan at Wankhede Stadium. Afghanistan posted a respectable total of 293, thanks to an unbeaten hundred from Ibrahim Zadran. Chasing this total, Australia was on the mat, scorecard reading at 91/7. Maxwell and Cummins forged a sensational stand for the eighth wicket. While the hard-hitting batter would go on to get 201, the Aussie captain would also stay unbeaten at 12 off 68 balls. Australia won the match with 19 balls left in the match.

Justin Kemp & Andrew Hall –  138* vs India

India was touring South Africa in 2006 when the two teams met in the third ODI of the five-match series. The visitors lost the second ODI match, while the opening match in the series was washed out. South Africa batted first and saw themselves reeling at 136/7. That was when Kemp and Hall combined to share a solid stand worth 138 runs. It ensured South Africa reached a respectable 274/7 in the allotted 50 overs. Kemp brought up a hundred, while Hall hit a fifty and took three wickets to help South Africa thrash India by 106 runs.

Paul Reiffel & Shane Warne – 119 vs South Africa

South Africa took on Australia in April 1994 in the sixth match in the eight-game ODI series in Gqebera. The Proteas had won the toss and opted to bat first, and riding on the fifties from Andrew Hudson and Jonty Rhodes, they had posted a good total. In their chase of 228, Australia was reduced to 71/7. Paul Reiffel and Shane Warne hung on together, sharing a solid 119-run stand for the eighth wicket. But it only helped to reduce the margin of difference as Australia was all out for 201. Both Reiffel and Warne hit half-centuries.

Dave Houghton & Iain Butchart – 117 vs South Africa

Incidentally, the fourth-highest partnership for the eighth wicket also came in a World Cup. Zimbabwe won the toss and put New Zealand to bat first in the 1987 World Cup group stage fixture. The Blackcaps posted a total of 242/7. In reply, Zimbabwe were never in the chase, as they stumbled to 104/7. But Dave Houghton had hung on and needed someone to stay at the other end. It is what happened when Iain Butchart walked in. The duo put together 117 and took Zimbabwe close to an upset win. However, the African nation was all out for 239. Houghton made a brilliant 142, while Butchard scored 54.

Elton Chigumbura & Gary Brent – 115 vs South Africa

South Africa was touring Zimbabwe in 2007, where the first ODI was played in Bulawayo. Zimbabwe had batted first and were reduced to 72/7, with Vernon Philander picking up two wickets. But from here on, all-rounder Elton Chigumbura and medium-paper Gary Brent shared a solid stand for the eighth wicket and helped Zimbabwe reach a respectable total of 206. Both scored 59 runs each. However, South Africa chased down the total with ease.

Concluding Thoughts

ODI cricket differs from T20 cricket in terms of length. In T20, sometimes there is no room for a comeback, but in ODI cricket, there is. It is where your lower middle order comes into play. The partnerships mentioned above did their best to salvage the situation, but only the first two partnerships helped their team seal a win. 

Maxwell and Cummins shared that stand when Australia was down in the dumps against a team like Afghanistan. Had Australia lost it, they would have indeed been under fire. Similarly, South Africa was on the mat against India in Cape Town, where the lower order rescued them, helping them reach 274, which proved too much for India.

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