Hamilton Masakadza (above) and Graeme Cremer added 104 for the eighth wicket before the latter fell for 58 © AFP
Hamilton Masakadza (above) and Graeme Cremer added 104 for the eighth wicket before the latter fell for 58 © AFP

Zimbabwe needed to do something special in the third match of the five-match 2015-16 One-Day International (ODI) series against Afghanistan. Trailing 0-2, this was a must-win match for them, but they soon lost openers Peter Moor and Chamu Chibhabha without a run on the board within 8 balls of the match. Richmond Mutumbami helped Hamilton Masakadza add 33 for the third wicket, but once he fell, Zimbabwe lost wickets in a heap. After 19 overs their score read 49 for 7, and when Graeme Cremer joined Masakadza, there was a serious possibility that they might get bowled out for below 100. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI at Sharjah

Instead, Masakadza and Cremer added 104 for the eighth wicket before the latter fell for 58. By the time Masakadza was last out for 83, Zimbabwe had already put up 175. Though they would definitely have wanted more, 175 was a reasonable improvement on 49 for 7. They also registered one of the lowest all-out ODI totals to include a hundred-run partnership. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI at Sharjah

Total Stand Wkt Batsman 1 Batsman 2 Team Against Venue Date
161 108 4th Salman Butt Shoaib Malik Pak SL Karachi 21/1/09
164 118 9th JP Yadav Irfan Pathan Ind NZ Bulawayo 26/8/05
173 119 5th Shakib Al Hasan Raqibul Hasan Ban SA Mirpur 12/3/08
174 102 4th Kumar Sangakkara Mahela Jayawardene SL Pak Sharjah 20/11/11
175 107 7th Amjad Javed Nasir Aziz UAE WI Napier 15/3/15
175 104 8th Hamilton Masakadza Graeme Cremer Zim Afg Sharjah 2/1/16

Interestingly, all instances are since August 2005. This is also the second instance in Sharjah, the first being just a shade over five years back. Hamilton Masakadza-Graeme Cremer partnership brings Zimbabwe back in the game vs Afghanistan in 3rd ODI

Bonus trivia:

Only thrice have there been a partnership in excess of 125 in an all-out ODI total less than 200:

– 129; team score 176; Craig Kieswetter and Alastair Cook; 1st wicket; vs India, Kolkata, 2011-12

– 129; team score 194; Mike Brearley and Geoff Boycott; 1st wicket; vs West Indies, Lord’s, 1979 (World Cup final)

– 136; team score 196; Manoj Prabhakar and Mohammad Azharuddin; 3rd wicket; vs Sri Lanka, SSC, 1993