Partnerships are one of the key components of a cricket match, in order to win a cricket, no matter what length it is, a team requires it’s batsmen to form solid steady partnerships throughout the innings. T20 cricket is no different and as IPL 2018 arrives at our doorstep, we look at the 5 highest partnerships by runs in Indian Premier League history, featuring Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Virat Kohli and Ab de Villiers.
5 highest partnerships by runs in Indian Premier League (IPL):
1. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers – 229 vs Gujarat Lions
It is quite astonishing how Royal Challengers Bangalore haven’t managed to win even a single IPL championship given the talent their batting line-up has possessed over the years. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers pairing in the IPL has probably been the most fruitful one in the tournaments 10 years history. In a match against Gujarat Lions on May 14th, 2016, Kohli lost his opening partner Chris Gayle at the score of 19, however, he was joined at the crease by ABD, who then formed what turned out to be the biggest partnership in IPL history. The pair of them walloped and smacked bowlers like Praveen Kumar and Dwayne Bravo to create a 229 run stand before Kohli was dismissed at the score 248.
2. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers – 215 vs Mumbai Indians
Kohli and ABD might be at loggerheads in South Africa right now but there is no denying the understanding the two of them have when batting for the same team. Exactly a year before that mammoth 229 run partnership, the pair again found themselves together after Malinga dismissed Gayle cheaply at the score of 20. From there on, it was a Kohli/ABD show as the two of them smashed a combined total of 8 sixes and 25 fours. De Villiers, in particular, played one of the finest innings in IPL history as he remained not out at the score of 133, with Virat supporting him till the end with an 82 run inning.
3. Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh – 206 vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Long before we enjoyed the Kohli/ABD show, it was the Australian pairing of Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh who took apart the RCB bowlers to create what was at that point the biggest partnership in IPL history. In May 2011, after losing Paul Valthaty at the score of 25, Shaun Marsh joined Kings XI Punjab captain Gilchrist in the middle and the pair with the help of 14 sixes and 15 fours created a massive 206 run partnership which only ended on the second last ball of the innings as Langeveldt dismissed Gilchrist, after the wicket-keeper had smashed one of the fasted tons in IPL history till then.
4. Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli – 204 vs Delhi Daredevils
Kohli might be recorded as the best batsman in the world right now but over the last 10 years, the Indian captain has played some superb innings with likes of AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle. The mighty West Indian might not be part of the RCB team for the upcoming season but there is no doubt that he has enjoyed most of the T20 success playing for the RCB outfit. One year after Gilchrist’s carnage in Dharamsala, Gayle and Virat Kohli formed a massive unbeaten 204 partnership, after losing Sri Lankan opener Dilshan in just the 3rd over. Gayle, in particular, was lethal that day as he brought up his 3rd IPL century in just 53 deliveries.
5. David Warner and Naman Ojha – 189 vs Deccan Chargers
Prior to joining the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Warner had played quite a few match winning knocks for Delhi, and the one which has lasted the most in our memories in the 109 against Deccan Chargers in 2012. Chasing a massive target of 188, Daredevils lost captain Sehwag on just the second ball of the innings, and soon Naman Ojha joined young Warner in the middle, to achieve what was going to be a very tough target.
Ojha played an excellent inning supporting the destructive Australian as he bought up his century in just 52 balls thanks to six massive sixes and 10 fours. Against all odds the pair took the Delhi Daredevils over the line with 20 balls to spare.