Grant Elliott and Luke Ronchi set ODI record sixth-wicket stand; New Zealand beat Sri Lanka to up   3-1

It seems like New Zealand are making it a habit of creating new records for the sixth wicket partnerships across all formats of the game.

All-rounder Grant Elliott and wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi registered the highest sixth-wicket partnership as New Zealand struggling at 93 for five, posted 360 for five in the fifth One-Day International (ODI) between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Dunedin.

The batsmen added 267 runs between them off just 180 balls, with Ronchi remaining unbeaten on 170 from 99 balls and Elliot scoring 104 off 96 balls.

Ronchi scored his first ODI hundred off just 74 balls and played an incredible knock which contained 14 fours and nine sixes.

Earlier this month, Kane Williamson and BJ Watling shared a Test record sixth-wicket partnership of 365 against the same opposition which toppled the record of the 352 run stand between Watling and Brendon McCullum, that the dup registered against India in February last year. Interestingly, in all three instances a wicket-keeper was involved.

Chasing 361, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 252 with Tillakaratne Dilshan scoring 116.

Here’s the list of highest sixth-wicket partnership:

Players Runs Opposition Year
Grant Elliott, Luke Ronchi (NZ) 267* Sri Lanka 2015
MS Dhoni, Mahela Jayawardene (Asia XI) 218 Africa XI 2007
S Matsikenyeri, Tatenta Taibu (Zim) 188 South Africa 2009
Brad Haddin, Michael Hussey (Aus) 165 West Indies 2006
Brendon McCullum, Craig McMillan (NZ) 165 vs Australia 2007