Top 10 Slowest partnerships in Test cricket
Updated - Dec 8, 2015 2:41 pm
Top 10 Slowest partnerships in Test cricket: The 4th and final Test match between the home side India and South Africa witnessed slow cricket from the visitors who tried their best to draw the last Test. With batsmen determined to block everything bowled at them, they literally denied scoring opportunities in the second innings. Test cricket tests the patience of cricketers and at times where there is no possibility of achieving a result; one has to be content with a draw. Though, it takes great application and skills to bat for long periods of time with a cautious approach.
Here’s a look at Top 10 Slowest partnerships in Test cricket:
10. Stuart Carlisle & Grant Flower – 71 off 290:
The Zimbabwean pair added 71 runs off 290 balls against New Zealand at Harare in 2000. In reply to the visitors’ first innings total of 465, the home side could only manage 166 in their first innings and were asked to follow. In this same innings the Kiwis struggled to get the second wicket and Carlisle and Flower defended obdurately for 290 balls adding only 71 runs. Zimbabwe batted solidly in the second innings however a target of 72 runs was never going to be challenging and the Kiwis took the match by 8 wickets and won the 2-match series by 2-0.