Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy constructed a belligerent 160-run partnership at the top of the innings to floor the Indian bowling lineup and march England to an imposing total of 337/7. The tournament hosts ultimately emerged victorious by 31 runs as the centurion Bairstow took home the man of the match award.
Roy’s timely return to the side after a hamstring injury instantly uplifted England’s batting standards and puts into perspective the strong opening partnership with Baristow. According to statistics, Bairstow and Roy average 65.86 between them, which is the highest average for any ODI opening pair that has batted at least 20 innings together.
Moreover, what sets apart Roy and Bairstow is the rapid pace at which they score and routinely take the aerial route to exert pressure on the opposition. They score at 7.08 runs per over, the highest run rate for any partnership in ODIs – the second-best being that of Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers who struck at a rate of 6.53 between them.
England’s dominance in ODI cricket in recent times thus can be epitomized by how supreme their opening pair has been in their attacking stroke play and high levels of consistency.