Top 5 Highest Opening Partnerships In IPL All Season | All-time Rankings

Top 5 Highest Opening Partnerships In IPL All Season | All-time Rankings

Highest Opening Partnerships in IPL: Nothing is more appealing than a perfect start in a cricket match. With the bowling, it’s a wicket in the first over, and with the bat, it’s a tenacious opening partnership. In the shortest format of cricket, having the best opening batting partnerships is crucial. It is critical to have the highest opening partnership when playing a short format game like the Indian Premier League (IPL). A good opening stand is always intimidating for opponents and takes the game away from them right away. Most teams even lost their plans and devolved into complete chaos while attempting to stop an unstoppable pair of batsmen.

Opening an innings stand is essential in a period of batting dominance. IPL is a prime example of this, and all the teams had strong opening pairs. Cricket players from all over the world come together to compete in the lucrative Indian Premier League. International cricketers join forces with Indian domestic cricketers to form a team in the IPL, paving the way for many players to make their international debuts for their respective national teams. Today, we’ll go over the best and highest opening partnerships in IPL history.

Top 5 highest opening partnerships in IPL Since 2008-2021 (Based on the latest)

Top 5 highest opening partnerships in IPL Since 2008-2021 (Based on latest)
Highest opening partnerships in IPL – Players NameRuns ScoredTeamAgainstWhich Year
1Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal181*RCBRR2021
2Shane Watson and Faf Du Plessis181*CSKKXIP (PBKS)2020
3KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal183PBKSRR2020
4Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn184KKRGL2017
5Jonny Bairstow and David Warner185SRHRCB2019

Which is the highest opening partnership in IPL | 2008 to 2021 Updated list

Match DateHighest opening partnership in IPL – Players NameRuns ScoredTeamAgainstVenue
31 Mar 2019Johnny Bairstow and David Warner185SRHRCBHyderabad
7 Apr 2017Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn184*KKRGLRajkot
27 Sep 2020KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal183KXIPRRSharjah
4 Oct 2020Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis181*CSKKXIPDubai
22 Apr 2021Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal181*RCBRRMumbai
23 Apr 2013Chris Gayle and TM Dilshan167RCBPWBengaluru
20 May 2012Sachin Tendulkar and Dwayne Smith163*MIRRJaipur
8 Oct 2020David Warner and Johnny Bairstow160SRHKXIPDubai
28 May 2011Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay159CSKRCBChennai
27 Apr 2008Adam Gilchrist and VVS Laxman155*DCMIMumbai
3 Nov 2020David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha151*SRHMISharjah
21 Apr 2013Mahela Jayawardene and Virendra Sehwag151DDMIDelhi
18 May 2016Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli147RCBKXIPBengaluru
23 Apr 2011David Warner and Virender Sehwag146DDKXIPDelhi
19 Apr 2015Ajinkya Rahane and Shane Watson144RRCSKAhmedabad
10 Apr 2013Murali Vijay and Michael Hussey139*CSKKXIPMohali
30 Apr 2017David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan139SRHKKRHyderabad
10 Apr 2021Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan138DCCSKMumbai
21 Apr 2016David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan137*SRHGLRajkot
16 Apr 2011Adam Gilchrist and Paul Valthaty136KXIPDCHyderabad

5 highest opening partnerships in IPL History (2008-2021)

1. Jonny Bairstow and David Warner- 185 against RCB in 2019

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) broke the all-time IPL record for the highest opening partnership on March 31, 2019. In 2019, David Warner and Bairstow put on a 185-run partnership against RCB in Hyderabad. During the IPL 2019, the duo was on fire. In the first league matches for SRH the competition, they amassed four-century partnerships at a combined strike rate of 177 and 3 fifty partnerships at a combined strike rate of 151.

The victim was Royal Challengers Bangalore, and the primary perpetrators were Jonny Bairstow and David Warner. After leading SRH to their first IPL title, David Warner was already regarded as an SRH legend. He was the SRH’s run-machine, with little help from other specialized batsmen. They signed Jonny Bairstow, a lethal English opener, in 2019. The pair was steadfast and ferocious at the same time. Bairstow quickly reached his century against RCB and was dismissed in the 17th over of the match with an individual score of 114. David Warner kept up the savagery, scoring a century in the final over. The team total was 231 and they easily won the match by 118 runs.

2. Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn- 184* against Gujarat Lions in 2017

KKR’s Chris Lynn was a revelation in 2017. The explosive Queenslander had incredible success in the Big Bash League. Following his IPL debut in 2014, he only had a decent stint in 2017 where he demonstrated his raw power and ability to make the ball disappear. The Gujarat Lions scored 183 runs in their first match of the 2017 season against the Gujarat Lions in Rajkot.

The Kolkata Knight Riders achieved a world record in T20 cricket by completing a target of 184 without losing a single wicket, and Chris Lynn was the man who did the heavy duty. To chase down the total, KKR sent out Chris Lynn to wreak havoc. Gujarat bowlers, along with skipper Gautam Gambhir, had no answers for his devastating striking. He finished with 93 runs off 41 deliveries, while Gambhir had his time with an unbeaten 76 off 48 balls. The chase of 184 runs was finished with 31 balls remaining.

3. KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal- 183 against Rajasthan Royals in 2020 IPL

It was one of the most memorable matches in IPL history, and it was arguably the best match of 2020. With their class and consistency, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal were on their way to becoming the most intimidating opening duo. Every match, their inexperienced and fragile middle-order demanded a good opening stand, and the pair delivered almost every time. In this match, they gave KXIP a massive lead of 183 runs in 16.3 overs. Mayank Agarwal hit a century and KL Rahul batted patiently to score 69 off 54 balls. The team total was 223, which was one of the highest in 2020 IPL history. Unfortunately, their efforts were in vain as Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson smashed a historic century and helped RR chase down the record total in a thrilling game of cricket.

4. Shane Watson and Faf Du Plessis- 181* against KXIP (now PBKS) in 2020

The IPL 2020 season was CSK’s worst IPL season, as they failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in their history.  Following their first victory over the Mumbai Indians, they lost three matches in a row. It was unbelievable that such a consistent franchise had forgotten how to win matches. The match against KXIP (now PBKS) proved to be a relieving match for CSK. Returning to a target of 179, Faf Du Plessis and Shane Watson, two international legends, work together to complete the chase without losing a wicket. Shane Watson scored 83 runs off 53 balls, while the then-South African captain scored 27 runs off the same number of deliveries. The performance was supposed to give the team a boost in their qualification battle, but the momentum was lost.

5. Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal- 181* against Rajasthan Royals in 2021

The Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL 2021’s newest opening pair has been phenomenal and instrumental in their stunning performances. King Kohli and the young talented 21-year-old Devdutt Padikkal (DDP) formed one of the tournament’s ferocious left-right combinations. RCB faced Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021 match number 16 at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. The Royals set the Challengers a total of 177/9, but it proved to be no serious challenge for Kohli and his partner Devdutt Padikkal. Padikkal had a slow start to the season, but on that day, he turned into an absolute beast, scoring 101 off 52 balls. Virat Kohli, along with the youngster DDP, saved his wicket by scoring 72 runs, causing more damage on the RR side. The chase was over by the 17th over, and the scoreboard read 181/0.


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