Guptill (left) and Williamson were had added 995 T20I runs before today’s match © Getty Images (File Photo)
Guptill (left) and Williamson were had added 995 T20I runs before today’s match © Getty Images (File Photo)

Three balls after England decided to bowl against New Zealand in the ICC World T20 2016 semi-final, Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson became the second partnership in the history of Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) to add a thousand runs between them. Guptill and Williamson were had added 995 T20I runs before today’s match. Guptill began the onslaught with a swish over point off David Willey’s first ball; he survived a leg-before appeal off the next; and pushed one to Eoin Morgan at mid-off to reach the milestone. The first pair to reach a thousand were David Warner and Shane Watson; unfortunately, with Watson’s retirement, they would not be able to improve on their aggregate partnership of 1,154 runs. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs New Zealand , Live Score, 1st Semi-Final match, ICC T20 World Cup 2016

New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson and Colin Munro, brought up the 50-run stand for the second wicket, against former champions England in the 1st semi-final on the ongoing ICC World T20 2016 at the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in Delhi on Wednesday. Their stand came off 36 deliveries, in which Williamson contributed 25, and Munro contributed 21 along with four extras. The England bowlers have so far only managed to get a breakthrough, while they continue to struggle to get the next. Currently, New Zealand are 78 for the loss of a wicket in nine overs, with opener Kane Williamson on 30, and Colin Munro on 28. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: England vs New Zealand , Live Score, 1st Semi-Final match, ICC T20 World Cup 2016

Pairs who have added 750 T20I runs

Interestingly, both Guptill and Jayawardene occur twice in the above list of seven.

Batsman 1 Batsman 2 Stands Team Unbroken R HS Ave
David Warner Shane Watson 37 Australia 1,154 133 31.19
Martin Guptill Kane Williamson 19 New Zealand 1 1,012 171* 56.22
Paul Stirling William Porterfield 33 Ireland 3 932 109* 31.07
Martin Guptill Brendon McCullum 22 New Zealand 2 831 127* 41.55
Kumar Sangakkara Mahela Jayawardene 22 Sri Lanka 2 822 166 41.1
Umar Akmal Shoaib Malik 24 Pakistan 2 797 114* 36.23
Tillakaratne Dilshan Mahela Jayawardene 31 Sri Lanka 2 766 145 26.41

Best pairs for other major nations:

England: 705 (Alex Hales and Michael Lumb)

India: 673 (MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh)

South Africa: 650 (Graeme Smith and Loots Bosman)

West Indies: 572 (Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels)

Zimbabwe: 561 (Hamilton Masakadza and Vusimuzi Sibanda)

Afghanistan: 527 (Mohammad Shahzad and Asghar Stanikzai)

Bangladesh: 429 (Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim)