Best Partnership in IPL History


The Indian Premier League has seen terrific displays of partnerships over the years and some have been defined among the best in Twenty20 cricket. Twenty20, the shortest format of the game is inherently batsmen-friendly. Let us take a look at the best partnerships in IPL history.

What is the Highest Opening Partnership in IPL?

The record of the highest opening partnership in IPL is held by Jonny Bairstow and David Warner.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad’s top batsman scored 185 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2019 IPL.

Which is the Highest Partnership by Two Indian Batsmen in IPL history?

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers hold the record for the highest partnership in the history of the IPL. 

They scored 229 runs against the Gujarat Lions in the 2016 IPL.

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

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This partnership is indeed the best partnership in IPL history. It showed off sheer dominance from Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers and it was against the Gujarat Lions.

On 14th May 2016 despite playing under the hot conditions in Bangalore, the duo barely broke a sweat as they dispatched the bowling attack to all parts of the ground. 

Kohli scored 109 in that game while de Villiers remained unbeaten on 129.

Kohli and AB de Villiers have been part of some of the most amazing partnerships in IPL history.

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

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In 2015 once again, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers pulled off a stunning best partnership in IPL history.

They have repeatedly showcased to the entire world that they are every bowler’s worst nightmare.

The game was against the Mumbai Indians in Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai where Kohli and de Villiers scored 82 and 133 respectively, as they conjured up an unbeaten partnership of 215 runs.

AB de Villiers 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 Mumbai Indian’s best efforts, they could only reach 196 runs.

3) Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh – 206 Runs (Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore)

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In May 2011, Dharamshala witnessed a breathtaking assault as Adam Gilchrist scored 106 off 55 balls with nine maximums including a 122m six against Charles Langeveldt. 

This is the third best partnership in IPL history. 

Shaun Marsh continued his good form and remained unbeaten on 79. The Australian duo, while representing the Kings XI Punjab, put on 206 runs for the second wicket.

This time Royal Challengers Bangalore was on the receiving end as Gilchrist and Marsh smashed the bowlers to all parts of the pleasing Dharamshala ground. 

Royal Challengers Bangalore crumbled in the chase thanks to Piyush Chawla’s four-wicket haul and fell short by 111 runs.

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

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Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle hold the record for the fourth-highest partnership in IPL history. 

Delhi Daredevils won the toss and decided to Ball first so Royal Challengers Bangalore had to bat given no choice by Delhi Daredevils.

Gayle and Kohli remained unbeaten on 128 and 73 respectively as Royal Challengers Bangalore beat the Delhi Capitals by 21 runs with Ross Taylor being the only one to score a 50 for Delhi.

Gayle smashed 128 runs not out off 62 balls, in an innings consisting of 13 maximums and seven boundaries while Kohli, coming in to bat at number three, scored 73 off just 53 deliveries.

5) David Warner and Naman Ojha – 189* Runs (Delhi Daredevils vs Deccan Chargers)

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In 2012 David Warner and Naman Ojha were involved in a stunning unbeaten best partnership in IPL history of 189 runs. 

After being set a target of 187, thanks to the performances of Shikhar Dhawan and Cameron White for the Deccan Chargers.

Chasing 188 runs to win, Delhi Daredevils got off to an awful start as they lost skipper Virender Sehwag early. Warner was not ready to look back. 

David Warner was supported by Ojha to give assured innings. Delhi Daredevils brought up their victory in the 17th over.

6) David Warner and Jonny Bairstow – 185 Runs (SunRisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore)

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David Warner won the orange cap in IPL 2019, scoring 692 runs from just 12 matches. England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow, in his first IPL season, impressed one and all.

Warner and Bairstow gave SunRisers Hyderabad swift starts in almost every game.

Warner and Bairstow were at their best against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Both of them raced to their respective hundreds, helping Sunrisers Hyderabad secure a huge 118-run win over Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore.

7) Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn – 184* Runs (Kolkata Knight Riders vs Gujarat Lions)

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Playing against the Gujarat Lions in IPL 2017 in Rajkot, the duo amassed an unbeaten 184 run stand for the 1st wicket. They helped their side thump the opposition by 10 wickets.

Gautam Gambhir was also involved in another 150-plus stand earlier in the 2011 edition.

8) KL Rahul and  Mayank Agarwal- 183 Runs ( KingsXI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals) 

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Kings XI Punjab openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal brought up the third-highest opening partnership in the history of the Indian Premier League.

In the list of the best Partnership in IPL History, they added 183 runs for the first wicket against Rajasthan Royals in Sharjah on  27 September 2020. 

10) Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis- 181* Runs (Chennai Super Kings vs KingsXI Punjab)

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Chennai Super Kings demolished Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets. Watson scored 83 runs while du Plessis hit 87. 

Chennai Super Kings were chasing a stiff target of 179 runs at the Dubai International Stadium with Watson and du Plessis coming out to start their run-chase. 

The Australian cricketer Watson punished the Kings XI Punjab bowlers with 11 fours and three sixes in his 53-ball unbeaten knock while Du Plessis hit 11 fours and a six from 53 balls to also remain not out.

Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis stand 9th in the list of Best Partnership in IPL History. 

11) Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson-176* Runs (Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Daredevils)

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The last partner in Best Partnership in IPL History list is Sunrisers Hyderabad, who pulled off their highest chase as they got to 188 against Delhi Daredevils in Match IPL 2018. 

Sunrisers Hyderabad became the first team to qualify for the Playoffs in 2018. 

Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan eased to a 173-run match-winning partnership to win it for SRH by 9 wickets, with 7 balls to spare.

Best Partnership in IPL History By Runs:

PartnersRunsWktTeamOppositionGroundM DSC
Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers2292ndRoyal Challengers BangaloreVs Gujarat LionsBengaluru14 May 2016T20
Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers215*2ndRoyal Challengers BangaloreVs Mumbai IndiansMumbai10 May 2015T20
AC Gilchrist, SE Marsh2062ndKings XI PunjabVs Royal Challengers BangaloreDharam-
-shala
17 May 2011T20
CH Gayle, Virat Kohli204*2ndRoyal Challengers BangaloreVs Delhi DaredevilsDelhi17 May 2012T20
DA Warner, NV Ojha189*2ndDelhi DaredevilsVs Deccan ChargersHyderabad (Deccan)10 May 2012T20
JM Bairstow, DA Warner1851stSunrisers HyderabadVs Royal Challengers BangaloreHyderabad (Deccan)31 Mar 2019T20
G Gambhir, CA Lynn184*1stKolkata Knight RidersVs Gujarat LionsRajkot7 Apr 2017T20
KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal1831stKings XI PunjabVs Rajasthan RoyalsSharjah27 Sep 2020T20
Shane Watson, F du Plessis181*1stChennai Super KingsVs Kings XI PunjabDubai4 Oct 2020T20
S Dhawan, KS Williamson176*2ndSunrisers HyderabadVs Delhi DaredevilsDelhi10 May 2018T20

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