T20 is said to be the batsman’s game as they can go belligerent without any worries. However, partnerships still hold the key for a team to win games and eventually lift silverware. A player single-handedly may win matches but at the end of the day, cricket is a team game. Every player, no matter how good needs assistance from his teammates to perform well. The champion teams are always those whose players gel together and perform well that is why their betting live rates are growing up. The highest opening partnership in the IPL history was when Jonny Bairstow and David Warner opened the innings for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Royal Challengers Bangalore. They scored 185 runs for the opening partnership but failed to get into the top five highest partnerships in the history of IPL.
Full list of Highest Partnerships in IPL
|1||Virat Kohli & AB de Villiers||Royal Challengers Bangalore||229||2nd||Gujarat Lions||Bengaluru||2016|
|2||Virat Kohli & AB de Villiers||Royal Challengers Bangalore||215||2nd||Mumbai Indians||Mumbai||2015|
|3||Adam Gilchrist & Shaun Marsh||Kings XI Punjab||206||2nd||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Dharmsala||2011|
|4||Chris Gayle & Virat Kohli||Royal Challengers Bangalore||204||2nd||Delhi Daredevils||Delhi||2012|
|5||David Warner & Naman Ojha||Delhi Daredevils||189*||2nd||Deccan Chargers||Hyderabad||2012|
|6||Jonny Bairstow & David Warner||Sunrisers Hyderabad||185||1st||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Hyderabad||2019|
|7||Gautam Gambhir & Chris Lynn||Kolkata Knight Riders||184*||1st||Gujarat Lions||Rajkot||2017|
|8||Mayank Agarwal & KL Rahul||Kings XI Punjab||183||1st||Rajasthan Royals||Abu Dhabi||2020|
|9||Shane Watson & Faf du Plessis||Chennai Super Kings||181*||1st||Kings XI Punjab||Dubai||2020|
|10||Shikhar Dhawan & Kane Williamson||Sunrisers Hyderabad||176*||2nd||Delhi Daredevils||Delhi||2018|
1. 229 – AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli (RCB vs GL)
Best partnership in IPL is Kohli and de Villiers got together for Royal Challengers Bangalore and absolutely demolished the Gujarat Lions bowling unit in Bengaluru in 2016. After losing the Universe Boss Chris Gayle early de Villiers joined Kohli on the pitch and they put together a show of class and big-hitting. Together they scored 229 of just 96 balls and both reached the century mark. While Kohli got out for a score of 109, de Villiers remained not out for a score of 129. Royal Challengers Bangalore scored a mammoth 248 for 3 in their innings. In reply, the Gujarat Lions team could only manage to score a measly 104 and lost by a huge margin of 144 runs.
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2. 215* – AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli (RCB vs MI)
The onslaught in Bengaluru from the dynamic duo of Kohli and de Villiers was not the first time the pair had demolished a bowling attack. A year before they got together against Mumbai Indians and forged a partnership of 215 runs in just 105 balls. Once again, the Bengaluru-based franchise lost the West Indian phenomenon, Chris Gayle, early. That was the only success Mumbai Indians had in the match. Virat Kohli played second fiddle to AB de Villiers this time who was at his belligerent best. AB scored a magnificent 133 off 59 balls while Kohli managed a well-played 82 off 50 balls. The Royal Challengers Bangalore scored 235/1 in their quota of overs. Mumbai Indians in chase put up a great fight as they scored 196 for 7 and lost by 39 runs.
3. 206 – Shaun Marsh and Adam Gilchrist (KXIP vs RCB)
Before Kohli and de Villiers smashed their way to make “highest partnership in IPL history” the Australian duo of Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh held that record. Representing Kings XI Punjab against Royal Challengers Bangalore the duo put together a mammoth partnership of 206 of just 110 balls. Gilchrist was at his absolute best as he blasted his way to a 106 (55) while Marsh stroked his way to 79 (49) not out. Kings XI Punjab put together 232 for 2 from their 20 overs as a result of that brilliant partnership. Royal Challengers Bangalore could only muster 121 all out in 17 overs and lost the match convincingly.
4. 204* – Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli (RCB vs DD)
In 2012, in a match between Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli put together a show as the pair combined for a partnership of 204 off just 110 balls and they become one of the highest IPL partnership. Chris Gayle blistered on his way to a 128 not out off 62 deliveries while Kohli on the other end managed to score 73 runs off 53 balls. It was carnage as the Bangalore franchise posted a huge 215 for 1 on the scoreboard. The Delhi Daredevils reached a total of 194 for 9 in reply. Their valiant effort in batting went in vain as they lost the match by 21 runs.
5. 189* – David Warner and Naman Ojha (DD vs DC)
This is the only partnership featuring in “the top 5 partnerships in IPL history” to have come in a chase. Deccan Chargers batting first posted a respectable total of 187 for 4. Delhi Daredevils in reply were pegged back early on as Virender Sehwag was sent back to the pavilion on the second ball of the innings. Naman Ojha then joined David Warner on the crease and the duo went on to put together a partnership of 189 off just 98 balls. David Warner was the aggressor in this partnership as he scored an unbeaten 109 off 54 deliveries and Naman Ojha stitched together an assured inning of 64 off 46 balls. The duo finished the match with 20 balls to spare.