IPL Stats and Records: Top 4 Highest Partnerships by Runs

In this article, we will look at the Top 5 Highest Partnerships by Runs in Indian Premier League history.

On numerous events, considerable alliances have constructed in the Indian Premier League (IPL). While they are not as prevalent or as substantial as ODIs or Tests, they are essential. Over the years, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has already seen match-winning partnerships, with some considered among the best in T20 cricket. The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) players, guided by skipper Virat Kohli and seasoned adventurous opening batsman Chris Gayle, monopolise the list of greatest wicket-taking partnerships in the Indian premier league history.

In this article, we will look at the Top 5 Highest Partnerships by Runs in Indian Premier League history.

Highest Partnership by Runs

Wicket  Runs First batsman  Second batsman  Team  Opposition  Venue  Date 
2nd Wicket 229 Virat Kohli  Ab de Villiers  RCB GL M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, India  14 May


215 MI Wankhede Stadium  10 May 


1st Wicket 210 Quinton de Kock KL Rahul LSG KKR DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai, India 18 May 


2nd Wicket 206 Adam Gilchrist  Shaun Marsh  PBKS RCB Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamshala, India  17 May 


204 Virat Kohli Chris Gayle RCB DD Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi, India 17 May 



AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli (2nd wicket) – 229 runs in 96 balls

It is no secret that Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are best friends, and their friendship extends well beyond cricket field. The two highest Indian Premier League coalitions set a world record. This one, at the top of the list, happened to come in 2016 against a struggling Gujarat Lions offence. RCB’s batting first lost Chris Gayle slightly earlier in IPL 2016 match 44. They had no idea what was about to happen to them. The second wicket was shared by Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, who decimated Gujarat’s bowlers. The pair put on a 229-run second wicket stand off just 96 balls, the highest for any wicket in T20 cricket overall. Gujarat was doomed. This is the most important Indian Premier League partnership in history.

Quinton de Kock and KL Rahul (1st wicket) – 210 runs

With 210 runs in a two-run victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders, South African Quinton de Kock and India’s KL Rahul formed the greatest opening alliance in Indian Premier League history. De Kock scored an unbeaten 140 off 70 balls, and Rahul scored 68 not out of 51 balls to become the first pair in IPL historical record to bat 20 overs. Their opening stand of 185 surpassing the previous record of 185 set by Jonny Bairstow and David Warner for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2019, and De Kock established the season’s highest individual score.

Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh (2nd wicket) – 206 Runs

On May 17, 2011, Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh partnered to defeat RCB at the beautiful Dharamshala stadium. The Australian pair scored 206 runs for the second wicket against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, with Gilchrist scoring 106(55) and Marsh collecting 79 runs (55). Both batters were patient before unleashing a bombardment of big shots across the field. Kings XIs eventually began, but Gilchrist and Marsh quickly began scoring boundaries at a furious speed, and the pair – coupled to help Punjab score a whopping 233 runs. The team’s playoff chances improved after they climbed to fifth place in the table with a devastating win over the Kohli-led RCB at Dharamshala Stadium.

Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle (2nd wicket) – 204 Runs

The Challengers were in their early stages, and Virat was just starting up. As the tournament came to a close, the Challengers maintained their lead over the Mumbai Indians. Despite Dilshan’s early misstep, Gayle and Kohli were clearly too strong for Delhi. Gayle took a lead, while Kohli managed to play second fiddle admirably. The pair had a total of 16 fours and 14 sixes. During Kohli’s knock, the Challengers were dispersed one boundary after another, while Gayle whacked the bowlers across the ropes as he initiated 13 sixes in the game. The duo went unbeaten for 204 runs, while RCB scored 215 runs.

Also Read: IPL Records and Statistics – Individual Batting Records for Most Runs for Each Team (cricfiles.com)

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