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Masvaure and Donald Tiripano added 85 runs for the ninth wicket Getty Images

Playing for Zimbabwe against New Zealand in the first Test of the 2-Test series of 2016 at Bulawayo, debutant Prince Masvaure and Donald Tiripano added 85 runs for the 9th wicket. Zimbabwe recovered a few early blows to reach 72 for 4, but a blistering morning spell by Neil Wagner left them reeling at 72 for 8: they lost 4 wickets for no runs in a span of 9 balls. Then Tiripano and Masvaure got together, taking the score to 157 for 9 before Masvaure (42) was given out LBW to Tim Southee with a delivery that was probably sliding down leg. Tiripano was left stranded on 49 as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 164. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Zimbabwe vs New Zealand , Live Score, 1st Test match at Bulawayo

The 85 added by Masvaure and Tiripano is the second-highest 9th-wicket partnership for Zimbabwe.

Highest 9th-wicket partnerships for Zimbabwe

Stand

Batsman 1

Batsman 2

Against

Venue

Season

87

Paul Strang

106*

Bryan Strang

42

Pakistan

Sheikhupura

1996-97

85

Prince Masvaure

42

Donald Tiripano

49*

New Zealand

Bulawayo

2016

75

Andy Flower

142

Travis Friend

30

South Africa

Harare

2001-02

73

Heath Streak

85

Andy Blignaut

52

South Africa

Centurion

2004-05

67

Tatenda Taibu

153

Douglas Hondo

3

Bangladesh

Dhaka

2004-05

Do note the stand between Taibu and Hondo, where the latter contributed a mere 3.

As mentioned above, Masvaure and Tiripano had added 85 in a total of 164, amounting to 52.47 per cent of the team total. In 139 years of Test cricket only 6 times has a 9th-wicket pair contributed to more than half the team score.

9th-wicket partnership contributing to more than 50% of team total

%

Stand

Total

In at

Out at

Batsman 1

Batsman 2

Team

Against

Venue

Season

74.51%

190

255

65/8

255/9

Asif Iqbal

146

Intikhab Alam

51

Pakistan

England

The Oval

1967

56.52%

117

207

90/8

207/9

Roger Binny

39

Madan Lal

63*

India

West Indies

Kanpur

1983-84

53.94%

89

165

74/8

163/9

Jim Laker

63

Alec Bedser

22

England

Australia

Trent Bridge

1948

53.57%

195

364

166/8

361/9

Mark Boucher

78

Pat Symcox

108

South Africa

Pakistan

New Wanderers

1997-98

52.47%

85

162

72/8

157/9

Prince Masvaure

42

Donald Tiripano

49*

Zimbabwe

New Zealand

Bulawayo

2016

50.47%

54

107

52/8

106/9

Stephen Fleming

25

Simon Doull

40

New Zealand

England

Edgbaston

1999

50.00%

31

62

26/8

57/9

Sarfraz Nawaz

26

Iqbal Qasim

5

Pakistan

Australia

WACA

1981-82

For the sake of completion, here are the top percentages for every wicket. It is incredible, the way partnerships down the order contribute over half the team scores.

Wicket

%

Stand

Total

In at

Out at

Batsman 1

Batsman 2

Team

Against

Venue

Season

1

75.62%

276

365

276/1

Adrian Griffith

114

Sherwin Campbell

170

West Indies

New Zealand

Hamilton

1999-00

2

76.41%

217

284

0/1

217/2

Bill Lawry

105

Ian Chappell

117

Australia

West Indies

The Gabba

1968-69

3

77.78%

168

216

2/2

170/3

Kumar Sangakkara

74

Mahela Jayawardene

98

Sri Lanka

South Africa

Kingsmead

2000-01

4

75.95%

199

262

16/3

215/4

Alec Bannerman

70

Percy McConnell

147

Australia

England

Sydney

1881-82

5

74.71%

322

431

56/4

378/5

Brian Lara

213

Jimmy Adams

94

West Indies

Australia

Sabina Park

1998-99

6

71.53%

206

288

39/5

245/6

Inzamam-ul-Haq

135

Abdul Razzaq

87

Pakistan

West Indies

Bourda

1999-00

7

68.57%

48

70

7/6

55/7

JJ Lyons

32

Charlie Turner

26

Australia

England

Old Trafford

1888

8

74.44%

332

446

102/7

434/8

Jonathan Trott

184

Stuart Broad

169

England

Pakistan

Lord’s

2010

9

74.51%

190

255

65/8

255/9

Asif Iqbal

146

Intikhab Alam

51

Pakistan

England

The Oval

1967

10

58.21%

163

280

117/9

280/10

Phillip Hughes

81*

Ashton Agar

98

Australia

England

Trent Bridge

2013

In other news, Neil Wagner (6 for 41) registered the second-best figures by a left-arm seamer against Zimbabwe. Only Irfan Pathan (7 for 87 at Harare in 2005) had done better.