In the final ODI of 2018’s series against Pakistan, Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor posted a partnership of 112. Their 8th stand in excess of 100, it boosted them up to fifth on the list of the most prolific ODI pairings for the BLACKCAPS. 

In various combinations, Guptill, Taylor, and Kane Williamson repeatedly feature on this list, with Guptill anchoring positions three to five. This is testament to how often the trio have played together, although their innings in combination pale in comparison to those between Stephen Fleming and Nathan Astle who top the list in terms of total runs.

Astle and Roger Twose are worth a mention as, although they sit in 10th spot for partnership runs, their average is phenomenal and easily leads the way. Like the Guptill and Taylor pairing, they also converted more innings to 100s than they saw end after 50. For all men’s partnerships that paired up at least 20 times in ODIs, only South Africa’s Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers can claim a higher average (75.39).

1Astle & Fleming118381433.17917
2Taylor & Williamson54292456.231112
3Guptill & McCullum64273745.62814
4Guptill & Williamson58253045.18517
5Guptill & Taylor39193653.7886
10Astle & Twose21143171.5574

When it comes to the BLACKCAPS’ highest ODI partnerships, the list is topped by Brendon McCullum and James Marshall laying seige to Ireland. Their stand was 20 runs short of a world record and saw both batsmen record their maiden ODI centuries.

The most notable feature of this table, however, is the three records from 2015. The year where McCullum found his feet and voice as a leader where the BLACKCAPS went on a remarkable run through the Cricket World Cup at home. The partnerships on this list bookend that tournament, led by Luke Ronchi and Grant Elliott pairing up for a World Record 6th wicket stand against Sri Lanka.

1st274McCullum & J MarshallIrelandAberdeenJuly 2008
6th267*Elliott & RonchiSri LankaDunedinJanuary 2015
1st236*Guptill & LathamZimbabweHarareAugust 2015
3rd206Taylor & WilliamsonEnglandSouthamptonJune 2015
1st204Fleming & VincentZimbabweBulawayoAugust 2005