Highest partnerships in IPL: List of Top 5 Highest Partnerships in IPL History

The Indian Premier League has had some of the most fantastic chases in T20 history. Some of them also got their names etched in history books.


Highest partnerships in IPL: List of Top 5 Highest Partnerships in IPL History

Kohli and de Villiers

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has seen some terrific displays of batting over the course of its history. The T20 format is said to be more batsman-friendly. Even the best bowlers have been hit out of the park on several occasions in the tournament. It is the batsmen and their ability to accelerate that play a key role in T20 cricket.

But one man can’t carry a team! Individual brilliance is known to have seldom won trophies. It wins matches, yes. But it takes a team to win a trophy. So every good batter needs somebody to compliment him or match him. That is why partnerships are crucial and are what decide a game’s outcome.

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List of the TOP 10 highest partnerships in Indian Premier League (IPL) history:

Sr. No.PartnersRunsWktTeamOppositionVenueDate
1Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers2292ndRCBGLBengaluru14/05/16
2Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers215*2ndRCBMIMumbai10/05/15
3KL Rahul, Quinto de Kock210*1stLSGKKRMumbai18/05/22
4Adam Gilchrist, Shaun Marsh2062ndKXIPRCBDharamsala17/05/11
5Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli204*2ndRCBDDDelhi17/05/12
6David Warner, Naman Ojha189*2ndDDDC*Hyderabad (Deccan)10/05/12
7Jonny Bairstow, David Warner1851stSRHRCBHyderabad (Deccan)31/03/19
8Gautam Gambhir, Chris Lynn184*1stKKRGLRajkot07/04/17
9Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul1831stKXIPRRAbu Dhabi27/09/2020
10Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway1821stCSKKKRPune01/05/2022

5. Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli – 204* (Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Daredevils)

Kohli and Chris Gayle
Kohli and Chris Gayle

Put in to bat first in a crucial match in the IPL 2012, RCB started out cautiously. However, the team lost its first wicket quite cheaply after the fall of Tilakaratne Dilshan early on. Skipper Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle were in the middle after which the duo took on Daredevils’ bowling and completely decimated the squad.

Gayle finished on 128 not out of 62 balls. Meanwhile, Kohli who played second fiddle to the Caribbean star finished on 73 off 53. The Daredevils did not go down without a fight in the match as they just fell short by 21 runs. But thanks to the mammoth partnership between Kohli and Gayle, the target was just too stiff.

4. Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh – 206 (Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore)

KXIP
KXIP

In 2011, Dharamshala witnessed a breathtaking assault as Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist and fellow Australian Shaun Marsh made merry. Joining hands in the fourth over, the duo punished the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling attack. The bowlers didn’t help their own cause by giving a whopping 27 extras.

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Gilchrist was dismissed for 106 runs off 55 balls, while Marsh remained unbeaten on 79 runs off 49 balls. RCB crumbled in the chase, thanks to Piyush Chawla’s four-wicket haul, and fell short by 111 runs.

3. KL Rahul & Quinton de Kock – 210* (Lucknow Super Giants v Kolkata Knight Riders )

KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock
KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock

Lucknow Super Giants openers KL Rahul & Quinton De Kock stitched an unbeaten 210-run partnership on 18th May 2022 against the Kolkata Knight Riders. The former side opted to bat first and put up a massive total on the board without losing a single wicket during their innings.

The skipper scored 68 runs off 51 balls at a strike rate of 133.33, while South African player QDK amassed 140 runs from just 70 deliveries at a strike rate of 200.00. Overall, both players hit 13 boundaries and 14 sixes during their time in the middle.

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In reply, the Knight Riders fell short just by a couple of runs and were knocked out of the IPL 2022.

2. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers – 215* (Royal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians)

Kohli and de Villiers
Kohli and de Villiers

In a 2015 IPL game at the Wankhede Stadium, Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and chose to bat first. They got off to a bad start when they lost Chris Gayle early. However, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers pulled off a stunning partnership. The hapless Mumbai Indians attack had no reply to de Villiers’ hitting.

The South African demolished the bowling attack and reached an astonishing score of 133 in just 59 balls. Kohli finished on 82 off 50 deliveries. The score read 235/1. Despite MI’s best efforts, they could only reach 196 runs in their allotted 20 overs.

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1. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers – 229 (Royal Challengers Bangalore v Gujarat Lions)

Kohli and de Villiers
Kohli and de Villiers

Just about a year after their assault on Mumbai Indians, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers were at it again at Bangalore. This time against the Gujarat Lions. Entering after Chris Gayle‘s dismissal, AB de Villiers started striking from the word ‘go’. This time Kohli was matching him as well. Both players reached their centuries in quick time.

AB de Villiers remained unbeaten on 129 off 52 balls, while Kohli was dismissed in the last over for 109 off 55 balls. In the second innings, the Lions were bundled out for 104 giving RCB a 144-run victory.

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