Highest Partnerships in Indian T20 League

The thrill of the IPL is back with its highly anticipated 17th season. Over the years, IPL has been a stage for some of the most extraordinary batting partnerships, leaving fans awestruck. Today, we take a look at the top 20 partnerships in terms of total runs scored, that have etched their names in the annals of IPL history. At the top of the list, we have the legendary duo of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, who stitched together a mammoth 229 run stand that left bowlers spellbound.

1. Virat Kohli  & AB de Villiers (RCB) - 229 runs

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers hold the IPL's highest partnership record. They achieved this feat against Gujarat Lions in 2016. Batting first, Bangalore lost Gayle early but then Kohli and AB got together for the second wicket and shared a stand of 229 runs off just 96 balls. Kohli finished on 109 off 55 balls, while de Villiers made 129* off 52 balls as Bangalore scored 248 for 3 in their 20 overs.

2. Virat Kohli & AB de Villiers (RCB) - 215* runs 

The AB-Kohli duo features for the second time on this list. In the 2015 season, these two put together a 215-run stand for the 2nd wicket at the Wankhede Stadium against Mumbai. This was a record-breaking partnership, which was eventually toppled in the subsequent year by the same pair. De Villiers made a magnificent 133*, while Kohli finished on 82* off 50 balls. Bangalore finished their innings on 235/1 in 20 overs.

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3. Quinton de Kock & KL Rahul (LSG) - 210* runs

Quinton de Kock and KL Rahul's 210-run stand against Kolkata became the third-highest partnership in the Indian Premier League. The Lucknow opening duo of Rahul-de Kock also set a new benchmark for the highest opening partnerships in the league. Moreover, Quinton’s score of 140 is the third-highest individual score in Indian T20 League history.

4. Shubhman Gill & Sai Sudharsan (GT) - 210 runs

Gujarat Titans' Shubhman Gill and Sai Sudharsan are in the list of the top 5 highest partnerships in Indian T20 League history. Both the Gujarat openers hammered the Chennai bowling attack. Gill made 104 off 55 balls, while Sudharsan was equally effective with a 52-ball 103. Gujarat made 231 runs in their 20 overs. This is the joint- highest opening partnership in the league’s history.

5. Adam Gilchrist & Shaun Marsh (PBKS) - 206 runs

The Australian pair of Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh held the record of the highest partnership in the league for 4 years. The duo launched an all-out attack against Bangalore bowlers, with Gilchrist making 106 runs off 55 balls and Marsh scoring 79* off 49 balls. The pair added 206 runs in 96 balls for the 2nd wicket as Punjab made a massive 232/2 in their 20 overs. In the end, Punjab won the match by 111 runs.

List of Top 20 Highest Partnership in IPL History - Partnership by Runs and Wickets

Here's a look at the top 20 highest partnership in IPL history, along with some interesting details:

1Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers2292ndRCBGuj Lions2016Highest partnership ever in IPL
2Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers215*2ndRCBMI2015Second-highest partnership
3Quinton de Kock, KL Rahul210*1stLSGKKR2022Joint-highest opening partnership
4Shubhman Gill, Sai Sudharsan2101stGTCSK2024Joint-highest opening partnership
5Adam Gilchrist, Shaun Marsh2062ndPBKSRCB2011 
6Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli204*2ndRCBDaredevils2012
7David Warner, Naman Ojha189*2ndDaredevilsDeccan2012
8Jonny Bairstow, David Warner1851stSRHRCB2019
9Gautam Gambhir, Chris Lynn184*1stKKRGuj Lions2017
10KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal1831stPBKSRR2020
11Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway1821stCSKSRH2022
12Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis181*1stCSKPBKS2020
13Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal181*1stRCBRR2021
14S Dhawan, Kane Williamson176*2ndSRHDD2018
15Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis1721stRCBSRH2023
16Herschelle Gibbs, Rohit Sharma167*2ndMIKKR2012
17Abhishek Sharma, Travis Head167*1stSRHLSG2024
18Chris Gayle, Tilakaratne Dilshan1671stRCBWarriors2013
19Virat Kohli, Will Jacks166*2ndRCBGT2024
20Robin Uthappa, Shivam Dube1653rdCSKRCB2022

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What is the highest partnership in IPL history?

RCB's legendary duo of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers hold the record for the highest partnership in IPL history. They shared a 229-run stand for the 2nd wicket against Gujarat in the 2016 season.

What is the highest partnership in IPL 2024?

The highest partnership of IPL 2024 is between Shubhman Gill and Sai Sudharsan. The Gujarat duo scored a massive 210 runs for the 1st wicket against CSK at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on 10 May 2024. Here's a look at the top 5 highest partnerships in this season IPL 2024.

1S Gill, S Sudharsan2101stGTCSK2024
2A Sharma, T Head167*1stSRHLSG2024
3V Kohli, W Jacks166*2ndRCBGTAhmedabad
4J Buttler, S Samson1482ndRRRCBJaipur
5S Yadav, T Varma143*4thMISRHMumbai

Which team has highest partnership in IPL?

Royal Challengers Bangalore team has the highest partnership in IPL with 229 runs scored by Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.

Which is the best opening partnership in IPL?

The 210-run stand between Lucknow’s Quinton de Kock and KL Rahul is the highest opening partnership in Indian T20 League history. GT's Shubhman Gill and Sai Sudharsan also put on a 210-run partnership against CSK at Ahmedabad on 10 May, 2024. 

Who has the second-highest partnership in IPL?

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers of Team Bangalore hold the record for the second-highest partnership in IPL history, which came with the 215-run stand for the 2nd wicket against Mumbai during the 2015 season.


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