5 great T20 opening partnerships that don't fade away
2) Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson (New Zealand)
One of the main reasons why New Zealand has been able to take the world by storm in the game’s shortest format has been the performances of the team’s openers Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill.
In a period of just two years since they first started opening for their country, the pair has overtaken a bunch of others to settle at the second spot in the all-time list of most runs scored by an opening pair in T20Is.
838 runs in 17 innings at an average of 52.37, two-century stands and seven half-century stands included. Such massive numbers are reflective of the duo’s serious game changing abilities. Their best performance, however, came earlier this year, against Pakistan at Hamilton.
Batting first, Pakistan had put up a total of 168 runs, thanks to a not out effort from Umar Akmal. Williamson and Guptill nailed the chase, achieving the target in less than 18 overs. Guptill contributed 87 runs to that unbeaten 171-run stand while Williamson’s contribution was a 48-ball 72 as New Zealand won by 10 wickets!