Highest Opening Partnership in IPL

Last Modified Apr 28, 2023 14:52 IST
PartnersRunsWicketTeamOppositionVenueMatch Date
Quinton de Kock & KL Rahul210*1stLSGv KKRMumbai18 May 2022
Johnny Bairstow & David Warner1851stSunrisersv RCBHyderabad (Deccan)31 Mar 2019
Gautam Gambhir & Chris Lynn184*1stKKRv Guj LionsRajkot7 Apr 2017
KL Rahul & Mayank Agarwal1831stKings XIv RoyalsSharjah27 Sep 2020
Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway1821stCSKv SRHPune1 May 2022
Shane Watson & Faf du Plessis181*1stSuper Kingsv Kings XIDubai (DSC)4 Oct 2020
Virat Kohli & Devdutt Padikkal181*1stRCBv RoyalsMumbai22 Apr 2021
Chris Gayle & TM Dilshan1671stRCBv WarriorsBengaluru23 Apr 2013
Sachin Tendulkar & Dwayne Smith163*1stMum Indiansv RoyalsJaipur20 May 2012
David Warner & Johnny Bairstow1601stSunrisersv Kings XIDubai (DSC)8 Oct 2020
Michael Hussey & Murali Vijay1591stSuper Kingsv RCBChennai28 May 2011
Adam Gilchrist & VVS Laxman155*1stChargersv Mum IndiansMumbai27 Apr 2008
Jos Buttler & Devdutt Padikkal1551stRoyalsv CapitalsMumbai22 Apr 2022
David Warner & Wriddhiman Saha151*1stSunrisersv Mum IndiansSharjah3 Nov 2020
Mahela Jayawardene & Virendra Sehwag1511stDaredevilsv Mum IndiansDelhi21 Apr 2013
Chris Gayle & Virat Kohli1471stRCBv Kings XIBengaluru18 May 2016
David Warner and Virendra Sehwag1461stDaredevilsv Kings XIDelhi23 Apr 2011
Ajinkya Rahane & Shane Watson1441stRoyalsv Super KingsAhmedabad19 Apr 2015
Murali Vijay and Michael Hussey139*1stSuper Kingsv Kings XIMohali10 Apr 2013
David Warner & Shikhar Dhawan1391stSunrisersv KKRHyderabad (Deccan)30 Apr 2017
Prithiv Shaw & Shikhar Dhawan1381stCapitalsv Super KingsMumbai10 Apr 2021
David Warner & Shikhar Dhawan137*1stSunrisersv Guj LionsRajkot21 Apr 2016
Adam Gilchrist & Paul Valthaty1361stKings XIv ChargersHyderabad (Deccan)16 Apr 2011

Opening partnerships plays a key role in setting the platform for the batting-unit to build a really big score on it.

And, over the course of the last 15 seasons of the Indian Premier League (IPL), we have witnessed several decorated opening pair break and set new records with their bat.

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In IPL 2022, LSG's opening pair of Quinton de Kock and KL Rahul scripted history as they became the first set of openers to amass a 200+ run stand. De Kock, who smashed an unbeaten 140 off 70 deliveries, added unbeaten 210 runs against the Kolkata Knight Riders with KL.

In the process, the duo broke the record of highest opening stand in the league's history. The record was previously held by former SunRisers Hyderabad opening pair of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow.

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Warner and Bairstow hammered 185 runs for the first wicket against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on SRH's home turf during the 2019 season.

Prior to Warner and Bairstow, the record for the highest opening stand was held by KKR's Chris Lynn and Gautam Gambhir.

Lynn and Gambhir accumulated 184 unbeaten runs against the Gujarat Lions during the 2017 edition.

Between 2020-22, as many as four separate opening pairs came close to overhauling the records set by Warner-Bairstow & Lynn-Gambhir, but eventually fell short.

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In 2020, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal hammered 183 runs while opening for PBKS against the Rajasthan Royals, but they still ended on a losing note thanks to a once-in-a-lifetime finish from Rahul Tewatia.

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During the same season, CSK's Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis added 181 unbeaten runs to script a thumping 10-wicket win over Punjab; a feat, Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal repeated against the Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021.

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A year later, yet another CSK pair added a 180+ stand (182) for the 1st wicket; this time by Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway against SRH in Pune. This remains the 5th highest opening stand in IPL history till.