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Friday, November 17, 2006
Highest one day partnership. Ever.
Indian schoolboys Shahbaz Tumbi and B Manoj Kumar knocked up a partnership of 721 runs for the opening wicket in an under-13 forty overs inter-school match at Secunderabad in southern India on Wednesday.

The article states they were playing St Philip's High School, who were bowled out for 21 in the run 'chase', but fails to mention whether the St Philip's pupils were, in fact, blind, eight year olds, mentally retarded, or all of the above.

Apparently they broke three records with the stand: surpassing the previous highest stand record of 664 (held by batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli) as well as the highest total and highest margin of victory - in any form of limited-overs cricket at any level.

From the BBC article...
Staff and pupils at the school have not stopped celebrating since the record was set on Wednesday.

The school band is almost more exhausted than the cricketers after playing tune after tune in honour of the young heroes.

Twelve-year-old Mohammed Shahbaz Tumbi and his class mate B Manoj Kumar were playing as openers in the under-13 school cricket tournament of the Hyderabad Cricket Association.

Shahbaz scored 324 runs - with 57 boundaries - off 116 balls.

His partner and close friend Manoj scored an equally scintillating 320 runs - with 46 boundaries - off 127 balls.

A whopping 77 extras meant that the total from their partnership went up to 721 runs for no wicket.

Interestingly not a single six was hit during the trail blazing innings.
Early nomination for Sportsmen of the Week, perhaps?

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