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Top 20 Highest Opening Partnership in IPL of All Time | IPL 2008 – IPL 2021

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There is nothing more appealing than a perfect start in a cricket match. With the bowl, it’s a wicket in the very first over, and with the bat, a relentless opening partnership. A good opening stand is always intimidating for the opponents and it takes the game away from them right from the start. Most teams even lose their plans and fell into utter chaos trying to stop an unstoppable pair of batsmen. Today, we take you through the best & highest opening partnership in IPL history.

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In an era of batting dominance, opening stands are indispensable. IPL 2021 has been an ideal example for it. All of the teams had great opening pairs and at most instances when the opening pair failed, they ended up in the losing side, especially in the second leg of the tournament. IPL has seen some of the international superstars teaming up as an opening duo like Shane Watson and Faf Du Plessis, and sometimes a pair of young talents make difference at the start like Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer.

Complete list of top 20 highest opening partnership in IPL history

S.N Partners Runs IPL Team Opponent Venue Match Date
1 Johnny Bairstow & David Warner 185 Sunrisers Hyderabad v RCB Hyderabad (Deccan) 31 Mar 2019
2 Gautam Gambhir & Chris Lynn 184* KKR v Gujarat Lions Rajkot 7 Apr 2017
3 KL Rahul & Mayank Agarwal 183 Kings XI Punjab v R. Royals Sharjah 27 Sep 2020
4 Shane Watson & Faf du Plessis 181* Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab Dubai (DSC) 4 Oct 2020
5 Virat Kohli & Devdutt Padikkal 181* RCB v R. Royals Mumbai 22 Apr 2021
6 Chris Gayle & TM Dilshan 167 RCB v Warriors Bengaluru 23 Apr 2013
7 Sachin Tendulkar & Dwayne Smith 163* Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals Jaipur 20 May 2012
8 David Warner & Johnny Bairstow 160 Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kings XI Punjab Dubai (DSC) 8 Oct 2020
9 Michael Hussey & Murali Vijay 159 Chennai Super Kings v RCB Chennai 28 May 2011
10 Adam Gilchrist & VVS Laxman 155* Deccan Chargers v Mumbaai Indians Mumbai 27 Apr 2008
11 David Warner & Wriddhiman Saha 151* Sunrisers Hyderabad v Mumbai Indians Sharjah 3 Nov 2020
12 Mahela Jayawardene & Virendra Sehwag 151 Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians Delhi 21 Apr 2013
13 Chris Gayle & Virat Kohli 147 RCB v Kings XI Punjab Bengaluru 18 May 2016
14 David Warner and Virendra Sehwag 146 Delhi Daredevils v Kings XI Punjab Delhi 23 Apr 2011
15 Ajinkya Rahane & Shane Watson 144 Rajasthan Royals v CSK Ahmedabad 19 Apr 2015
16 Murali Vijay and Michael Hussey 139* Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab Mohali 10 Apr 2013
17 David Warner & Shikhar Dhawan 139 Sunrisers Hyderabad v KKR Hyderabad (Deccan) 30 Apr 2017
18 Prithiv Shaw & Shikhar Dhawan 138 Delhi Capitals v Chennai Super Kings Mumbai 10 Apr 2021
19 David Warner & Shikhar Dhawan 137* Sunrisers Hyderabad v Guj Lions Rajkot 21 Apr 2016
20 Adam Gilchrist & Paul Valthaty 136 Kings XI Punjab v D. Chargers Hyderabad (Deccan) 16 Apr 2011

A glimpse of a few of the most memorable and highest first-wicket partnership in ipl

Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal – 181* against RR in IPL 2021

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The newest opening pair of the Royal Challengers Bangalore has been phenomenal and instrumental in their stunning performances. King Kohli and the young talented Devdutt Padikkal made one of the fiery left-right combinations in the tournament. On match number 16 of IPL 2021, RCB faced Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The Royals set up a total of 177/9 against the Challengers but it turned out to be no serious challenge for Kohli and his partner Devdutt Padikkal. Padikkal had a slumpy start to the campaign but on that day, he transformed into an absolute beast scoring 101 off 52 balls. Virat Kohli not only saved his wicket, but caused more damage on the other end with his 72 runs. The chase was done and dusted by the 17th over and the scorecard read 181/0. 

Shane Watson and Faf Du Plessis – 181* against KXIP in IPL 2020

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2020 was CSK’s worst IPL season where they failed to qualify to the playoffs for the first time in their history. After the first win against Mumbai Indians, they lost points consecutively. It was unbelievable that such a consistent franchise forgot the way to win matches. The match against KXIP turned out to be the relieving match for CSK. Reverting to a target of 179, Faf Du Plessis and Shane Watson, two of the international legends hold together to get through the chase without any loss. Watson scored 83 runs off 53 balls while the then South African captain scored 27 from the same number of delivers. The performance was supposed to be a boost for the team in their qualification fight but the momentum was not preserved. 

KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal – 183 against RR in IPL 2020

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It was one of the iconic matches in IPL history and arguably the best match of 2020. KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal were on their way to becoming the most intimidating opening duo with their class and consistency. Their inexperienced and fragile middle-order called for a good opening stand every match and the pair was delivering it almost every time. In this particular match, they gave KXIP a massive head start of 183 in 16.3 overs. Mayank Agarwal was on fire achieving a century and KL Rahul held his patience to score 69 from 54 balls. The team total reached 223, one of the highest in IPL history. Unfortunately, their effort went in vain as RR chased down the record total in what was a scintillating game of cricket.

Highest opening partnership in IPL: Gautham Gambhir and Chris Lynn – 184* against GL in IPL 2017

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Chris Lynn was a revelation by KKR in 2017. The explosive figure from Queensland had astounding success in the Big Bash League. After making his IPL debut in 2014, he only had a decent stint in 2017 where he showcased his raw power and ability to make the ball disappear. In their first match of the 2017 season against Gujarat Lions, the Lions scored 183 at Rajkot. To chase down the total, KKR unleashed Chris Lynn to cause havoc. Gujarat bowlers had no answers to his devastating striking along with the skipper, Gautam Gambhir. He ended up making 93 runs out of 41 deliveries and Gambhir had his time with an unbeaten 76 off 48 balls. The chase was completed with 31 balls to spare.

Highest opening partnership in IPL history: Jonny Bairstow and David Warner – 185 against RCB in 2019

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On the afternoon of 31st March 2019, Sunrisers Hyderabad set the IPL record of the highest opening partnership in IPL. Royal Challengers Bangalore was the victim and the prime perpetrators were Jonny Bairstow and David Warner. David Warner was already an SRH legend after leading them to their maiden IPL title. He was the run-machine for SRH did not have much support from other specialized batsmen. In 2019, they signed Jonny Bairstow, the destructive English opener. The pair was very consistent and at the same time ferocious. Against RCB, Bairstow reached his century quickly and got dismissed in the 17th over of the match with an individual score of 114. David Warner continued the brutality and got his hundred in the final over. The team total was 231 and they won the match comfortably by 118 runs.  

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