Top 10 Highest Partnerships In IPL History

With its much-awaited 17th season, the excitement of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is back. The Indian Premier League has hosted some of its most incredible batting alliances, leaving fans in awe.

A strong middle partnership is vital for the batting team to score a high total in any T20 match. This also holds for the IPL, the most popular T20 league. A duo might hasten the tempo of an innings and try for big smashes once they have their sights fixed on the crease. Conversely, under these situations, it’s tough for the opponent to control the run flow. 

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In this article, we will be discussing the top 10 highest partnerships in IPL history.

1. AB de Villiers & Virat Kohli  – 229 runs

The record highest partnership in IPL is shared by AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. They achieved this in a 2016 matchup with the Gujarat Lions. Bangalore lost Gayle early in their batting innings, but Kohli and AB reunited for the second wicket, sharing a stand of 229 runs off just 96 balls. Kohli scored 109 off 55 balls for Bangalore in their 20 overs and de Villiers hit 129 off 52 balls.

2. AB de Villiers & Virat Kohli – 215* runs 

This list shows the AB-Kohli duo for the second time. These two combined for a 215-run partnership for the second wicket against Mumbai in the 2015 season at Wankhede Stadium. It was one of the highest partnerships in IPL that was finally broken by the same duo the following year. De Villiers scored an incredible 133* from 50 balls, and Kohli ended with 82*. Bangalore required 20 overs to end their innings at 235/1. 

3. KL Rahul & Quinton de Kock – 210* runs

After their 210-run partnership against Kolkata, Quinton de Kock and KL Rahul now hold the third-highest partnerships in the Indian Premier League. The Rahul-de Kock opening tandem from Lucknow also established a new standard for the league’s highest partnerships in IPL. Quinton also holds the third-highest individual score in Indian T20 League history with 140.

4. Adam Gilchrist & Shaun Marsh – 206 runs

For four years, Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh, two Australians, had the best partnership in the league. With Gilchrist getting 106 runs off 55 balls and Marsh scoring 79* off 49 deliveries, the two went all out against the Bangalore bowlers. Punjab scored a huge 232/2 in their 20 overs thanks to the pair’s 206 runs in 96 balls for the second wicket. Punjab ended up winning by a total of 111 runs.

5. Chris Gayle & Virat Kohli – 204 runs

For the third time, Virat Kohli is included in the list of the top 5 partnerships in Indian T20 League history. Following Dilshan’s early wicket, Kolhi and Chris Gayle teamed together and severely damaged Delhi’s bowling attack. With a blistering 128* off 62 balls, Gayle was as productive as Kohli, who scored 73 off 53 balls. Bangalore scored 215 runs and held Delhi to 194 after that. In the history of the league, their partnership is still among the best.

6. David Warner & Naman Ojha- 189 runs

While playing for the Delhi Daredevils, David Warner and Naman Ojha shared the sixth-highest partnerships in IPL history. Together, their second wicket total was 189 runs. Even though Shikhar Dhawan scored 84 runs off of 49 balls, the Deccan Chargers Hyderabad lost by nine wickets.

7. David Warner & Jonny Bairstow- 185 runs

David Warner is included in the top 10 highest partnerships in IPL once more. This time, he and Jonny Bairstow, an England player, share the record. On March 31, 2019, the pair hit 185 runs for Sunrisers Hyderabad against the Royals. When they batted for the first wicket, Warned reached 100 without getting out.

8. Chris Lynn & Gautam Gambhir- 184* runs

Chris Lynn and Gautam Gambhir struck a formidable partnership of 184* runs for the first wicket during a match on April 7, 2017. In Rajkot, they were batting for the Kolkata Knight Riders against the Gujrat Lions. Both batters helped their side win by a 10-wicket margin by remaining not out till the very end.

9. KL Rahul & Mayank Agarwal- 183 runs

KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, who play for Kings XI Punjab, hold the record for the ninth-highest partnerships in IPL history. Against Rajasthan Royals, they struck a terrific partnership of 183 runs for the first wicket. The game took place at Sharjah on September 27, 2020.

10. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway

Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway put together an outstanding 182 runs for the first wicket in May 2022. They scored the same for the Chennai Super Kings in a Pune encounter against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Regretfully, Gaikwad made 99 runs before being out, one run shy of a century.

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