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South Africa pair set world record opening stand; cruise to 509-1

South Africa pair set world record opening stand; cruise to 509-1

South Africa's Graeme Smith and Neil McKenzie broke the world record for a test opening partnership with a 415 run stand that put the tourists in an impregnable position on day two of the second test against Bangladesh.
Resuming the day with an overnight score of 405-0, Smith (232) and McKenzie (223) soon topped the previous record of 413 set in 1956 by India's Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy against New Zealand.
At lunch on the second day, South Africa was 509-1, with Smith the batsman dismissed.
McKenzie stylishly completed his maiden double century in the morning session, as he combined with Hashim Amla (35) to continue the visitors' dominance after the departure of the captain.
McKenzie faced 382 balls, with 28 fours and 3 sixes.
Smith was bowled by Abdur Razzak while attempting to sweep. His 232 came from just 277 balls, with 33 fours and a six.
The dismissal meant Smith and McKenzie fell short of South Africa's biggest-ever partnership, which remains the property of Jacques Rudoph and Boeta Dippenaar, who scored an unbeaten 429 for the third wicket against Bangladesh in 2003.
Smith's innings saw him pass 5000 test runs and became the first South African to score four test double-centuries, moving out of a tie with Gary Kirsten.
On Friday, South Africa won the toss and decided to bat first on a pitch that offered very little to bowlers.


Updated : 2021-05-06 18:54 GMT+08:00