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Highest Partnership in the Indian Premier League

The Indian Premier League has become synonymous with high-octane cricket, thrilling finishes, and most importantly, a relentless pursuit of runs. Every year, fans are treated to a batting masterclass, with powerful strokeplay and innovative techniques lighting up the stadiums.

This wasn't always the case. But the T20 format, with its shorter duration and emphasis on boundaries, has transformed the game into a run-scoring spectacle. Teams now boast explosive batting lineups, featuring big hitters who can clear the ropes with ease.

Additionally, smaller grounds with short boundaries further contribute to the run-fest. The IPL has also played a crucial role in unearthing young batting talents.

These fearless players, with their innovative strokeplay, have redefined batting in T20 cricket.  This constant evolution, with bowlers needing to strategise and adapt, keeps the fans on the edge of their seats.

In this article, we have compiled a list of 5 highest partnerships in the history of IPL.

1) Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers – 229 Runs

The highest partnership in IPL history belongs to the iconic duo of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) against Gujarat Lions in 2016, they stitched together a monumental 229-run stand for the second wicket. 

Kohli, known for his classical elegance, and de Villiers, the master of innovation, displayed a masterclass in batting synergy.

Their exceptional hitting dismantled the Gujarat Lions' bowling attack, leaving them bewildered. This record-breaking partnership remains a testament to their exceptional batting prowess and their ability to complement each other seamlessly.

2) Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers – 215 Runs

The 46th match of IPL 2015 witnessed a batting masterclass that continues to be hailed as one of the greatest partnerships in IPL history.

Royal Challengers Bangalore's batting duo of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers unleashed a whirlwind against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium. Kohli, the captain, led from the front with a composed 82 runs off 50 balls, providing a solid foundation. However, it was de Villiers who stole the show.

The South African maestro unleashed his 360-degree repertoire, scoring an unbeaten 133 runs off a mere 59 deliveries.  Their partnership of 215 runs for the second wicket is the second-highest in IPL history.

3) KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock – 210 Runs

Electing to bat first, the top-order duo of Lucknow Super Giants – KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock, tore apart the KKR bowling attack. Rahul, the captain, played a composed innings, scoring a well-paced 68 runs off 51 balls. But it was de Kock who stole the show.

The South African southpaw went berserk, smashing an unbeaten 140 runs off just 70 deliveries. Their flawless coordination and aggressive strokeplay resulted in a mammoth 210-run stand, the highest opening partnership in IPL history. The bowlers simply had no answers as Rahul and de Kock dominated the entire innings.

4) Shaun Marsh and Adam Gilchrist – 206 Runs

Gilchrist, the swashbuckling wicket-keeper batsman, took centre stage, launching into a brutal assault on the RCB bowlers in IPL 2011. His knock of 106 runs from a mere 55 balls, laced with 8 fours and a staggering 9 sixes, left the bowlers shell-shocked.

Marsh, playing the anchor role, provided crucial support with a composed 79 runs off 49 deliveries. Their 206-run stand for the second wicket, the fourth-highest partnership in IPL history, formed the bedrock of a mammoth 232-run total for KXIP. RCB's chase fell flat in comparison, as they could only manage 121 runs, handing KXIP a convincing 111-run victory.

5) Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle – 204 runs

The 2012 IPL witnessed a batting masterclass when Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle unleashed carnage against Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals).

The duo stitched together an unbeaten 204-run stand for the second wicket, the fifth-highest partnership in IPL history.  Gayle, the “Universe Boss,” lived up to his name with a brutal 128 runs off just 62 balls, while Kohli played the anchor role with a composed 73 runs.

Their combined power-hitting, featuring 16 fours and 14 sixes, left the Daredevils bowlers helpless.

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