I used the method from the contributions post to look at opening partnerships in this world cup. There have been a couple of outstanding partnerships this time round, not least of which was the innings by Dilshan and Tharanga of 282 vs Zimbabwe at Pallekele.
Here is the list of all partnerships that contributed 100 or more:
|TM Dilshan, WU Tharanga||SL||vs Zimbabwe||282||307|
|BJ Haddin, SR Watson||Aus||vs Canada||183||246|
|WTS Porterfield, PR Stirling||Ire||vs Netherlands||177||241|
|MJ Guptill, BB McCullum||NZ||vs Zimbabwe||166||217|
|V Sehwag, SR Tendulkar||India||vs South Africa||142||201|
|BJ Haddin, SR Watson||Aus||vs New Zealand||133||189|
|Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez||Pak||vs West Indies||113||180|
|RW Chakabva, BRM Taylor||Zim||vs Sri Lanka||116||165|
|KP Pietersen, AJ Strauss||Eng||vs Netherlands||105||149|
|CH Gayle, DS Smith||WI||vs Netherlands||100||141|
|HM Amla, GC Smith||SA||vs Bangladesh||98||139|
|MJ Guptill, BB McCullum||NZ||vs Kenya||72||139|
|KP Pietersen, AJ Strauss||Eng||vs Ireland||91||125|
|S Chanderpaul, DS Smith||WI||vs Ireland||89||124|
|TM Dilshan, WU Tharanga||SL||vs Pakistan||76||105|
A couple of names appear there more than once. Dilshan & Tharanga, Haddin & Watson, Guptil & McCullum and, despite often looking as comfortable as a pin in the bottom, Devon Smith.
That leads to the next obvious question: Which country has got the most value from their openers. Here's the list sorted by country and average contribution. (for this average I am dividing by innings, not dismissals, as there is already a bonus for getting a not out)
There's some obvious distortion in these numbers caused by the ability of some teams at minnow bashing. The usual suspects for beating up on minnows (NZ, SA, India and SL) all feature high on the chart. I will at some point produce a table that removes games against lesser teams, but the pub is calling.
Happy World Cup watching everyone.