Ireland vs West Indies 2019 Tri Series Match 1: Records tumbled left, right and center at Dublin as John Campbell and Shai Hope belted Ireland bowlers to every corner of the Clontarf Cricket Club Ground to create a world record for the highest ever opening partnership in One-Day Internationals during the first match of tri-series against Ireland on Sunday. The Caribbean duo added 365 runs for the first wicket to eclipse the previous highest opening record set by Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq during an ODI against Zimbabwe in 2018. The Pakistan pair added 304 runs for the first wicket.
Despite the carnage and mayhem in Dublin, Campbell and Hope fell just eight runs short of breaking the all-time record for the highest partnership for any wicket in ODIs. Another Caribbean pair – Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels held the all-time record of highest partnership with 372 runs versus Zimbabwe, back in 2015.
Campbell and Hope also broke Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid’s 331-run stand to form the second-highest partnership in ODIs. The 331-run stand between Dravid and Tendulkar against New Zealand in 1999 is now the third highest, followed by a 318-run stand between Dravid and Sourav Ganguly in 1999 against Sri Lanka.
Campbell got out for 179 off 137 in the 48th over, and Shai Hope perished three balls later for 170 off 152. This is also the first time in ODI history that both openers have made 150 in an innings.
Around the 40th-over mark, they were hitting sixes at will. The bowlers looked out of idea at that point and the West Indian openers made full use of that. Campbell was finally dismissed in 48th over and his partner soon united with him in the dressing room as he was departed just two balls later.
Batting first, West Indies went on to score a massive 381/3 in their 50 overs. Barry McCarthy was the most successful bowler for Ireland, picking the wickets of Campbell and Hope in his spell of 2/76 from 10 overs.