A good Partnership can change the game’s momentum in the batting team’s favor, especially in the T20 format, where the momentum changes very quickly. A partnership can be a decisive factor in IPL matches too. A good partnership plays a significant role in posting a good total. It is not easy to hit from the first ball in Cricket, and if a pair is in the middle of a good partnership, they know the wicket much better than the batsman yet to come and can aim to play big shots.
A couple of good partnerships in the middle helps the team post a competitive total. But, the contribution of every player of the playing XI is required to win the game.
Top Five Highest Partnership in IPL History
We have seen some fantastic displays of batting from both ends in the history of the Indian Premier League.
5. Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli (204*) in IPL 2012
Delhi Daredevils invited Royal Challengers Bangalore to bat first in the vital match. Royal Challengers Bangalore lost their first wicket in the form of Tillakaratne Dilshan, who scored ten runs. Virat Kohli joined forces with Chris Gayle, and the pair started taking out Delhi Daredevils’ bowlers by bits and pieces. The partnership consists of dynamic hitting from Chris Gayle and a supporting role from RCB captain Virat Kohli. The pair added a massive collaboration of 204* runs and took their team total to 215 runs.
Chris Gayle smashed 128* runs. At the same time, Virat Kohli added 73 runs. In reply, Daredevils posted 194 runs and lost the match by 21 runs.
4. Shaun Marsh and Adam Gilchrist (206) in IPL 2011
The 4th highest Partnership in IPL came in IPL 2011. Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) captain Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh added 206 runs partnership against Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2011. Elected to bat first in the 63rd match of IPL 2011, Kings XI Punjab lost their opening batsman Paul Valthaty early. Shan Marsh joined hands with Adam Gilchrist, and the duo put up a great display of batting in Dharamshala. Adam Gilchrist scored a fantastic century by scoring 106 runs. Shaun Marsh scored 79 runs. With the help of these two, Kings XI Punjab posted a massive score of 232 runs on the scoreboard. Kings won the match with a significant margin of 111 runs.
3. Quinton and KL Rahul (210*) in IPL 2022
The opening pair of Lucknow Super Giants, Quinto and KL Rahul, who added 210* runs against Kolkata Knight Riders in 20 overs, holds the record for the highest opening partnership in IPL. Lucknow Super Giants bat first after winning the toss. Quinton was the aggressor while KL Rahul played the anchor role in this partnership. Quiton smashed 140 runs off 70 balls at a thunderstorm strike rate of 200. While KL Rahul played an anchor inning of 68 runs off 51 balls. This was the third-highest partnership in IPL. LSG won the game by 2 runs.
2. AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli (215*) in IPL 2015
There is no bowling attack in the world capable enough to stop the two biggest batting giants when they get going together. That was the case during an IPL match of Royal Challengers Bangalore against Mumbai Indians in Wankhede Stadium in 2015. RCB captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first on Wankhede’s flat wicket. Royal Challengers Bangalore off to a poor start as they lost their opening batsman Chris Gayle on 13.
After that, the Mumbai crowd saw a breathtaking onslaught as Ab De Villiers, and Virat Kohli added a massive partnership of 215* runs. With this partnership, they hold the record for the 2nd highest partnership in IPL. ABD played an inning of 133 runs off 59 balls with the help of 4 thunderous sixes and 19 beautiful fours. On the other hand, Virat Kohli scored 82 runs off 50 balls. They posted 235 runs in their 20 overs. Mumbai managed to score 196 runs. Do you know, the Pair holds the record for the highest partnership in the Indian Premier League for just one year.
1. AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli (229*) in IPL 2016
The pair AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli, who stitched a 229* runs partnership against Gujarat Lions in 2016, hold the highest partnership in IPL. One year after their assault in Wankhede stadium against Mumbai Indians, the pair of AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli was back again with a spectacular record-breaking partnership in Bangalore. They overcome their previous record of highest partnership in the Indian Premier League by adding 14 runs more this time. Gujarat Lions invited Royal Challengers Bangalore to bat on the batting paradise Bengaluru wicket. RCB once again lost their big man Chris Gayle early. (source)
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AB De Villiers, along with Virat Kohli, started their onslaught on the Gujarat Lions’ bowlers. The stupendous partnership consists of powerful hitting from both the pair and both lit up the M.Chinnaswamy stadium with their batting. AB de Villiers slammed 129* runs off 52 balls at a strike rate of 248.08. In comparison, Virat Kohli smashed 109 runs with the help of 8 monstrous sixes and five good-looking fours. The Duo also helped Royal Challengers Bangalore posted a massive total of 248 runs which is 2nd highest total in IPL history. In reply, Gujarat Lions only managed to score just over three digits. They lost the match by 144 runs.
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