Smith-McKenzie nine short of Mankad-Roy world record

February 29th, 2008 - 10:40 pm ICT by admin  

Chittagong, Feb 29 (IANS) South African openers Niel McKenzie (169 not out) and skipper Graeme Smith (229 not out) are on the cusp of breaking the 51-year-old highest opening stand in Tests record held by India’s Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy. South Africa after the first day’s play in Test against Bangladesh made 405 without loss.

Mckenzie and Smith are just nine short of breaking the record created by the Indian duo in 1956 against New Zealand in Madras, now Chennai.

The second highest opening partnership of 410 is also by Indian Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid set against Pakistan in Lahore in 2006. Smith and McKenzie are six runs short of going past them.

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