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5 highest partnerships in IPL history

April 6, 2021

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The IPL, in its 13-year long history, has seen some match-deciding partnerships unfold. A steady and robust partnership helps the team to post a fighting total on the board. On some occasions, these partnerships have helped change the entire complexion of the game and swayed the favor in the batting side. That said, here are the 5 highest partnerships to date in the Indian Premier League:

5. David Warner and Naman Ojha (189*)

Back in IPL 2012, the duo of David Warner and Naman Ojha built a 189 run partnership for the 2nd wicket. In a match between Delhi and Deccan, Warner and Ojha notched this impressive feat after Deccan dismissed Virender Sehwag. Warner played a match-winning knock of 109 while Ojha contributed 64 runs in the partnership. Delhi went on to win the match by 9 wickets. 

4. Virat Kohi and Chris Gayle (204*)

In a tense game against Delhi in IPL 2012, RCB looked to struggle with opener Tillakaratne Dilshan dismissed early. When Virat Kohli stepped in at no 3, the entire situation changed in favor of the batting side. Chris Gayle and Kohli went on to put up a superb partnership of 204 runs. Gayle was the chief architect, smashing 128 runs off just 62 balls. Meanwhile, Kohli provided stability and kept ticking the runs for the Bangalore franchise. RCB went on to win the match by 21 runs.

3. Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh (206)

The Australian duo of Gilchrist and Marsh sent the bowlers to the cleaners in a match between KXIP and RCB in IPL 2011. Gilchrist was at his brilliant best, smashing 106 runs off just 55 balls. Shaun Marsh, meanwhile, also played a superb unbeaten knock of 79. In reply, RCB could only manage to muster a total of 121. Punjab eventually went on to win the match by a huge margin of 111 runs. 

2. Virat Kolhi and AB de Villiers (215*)

Kohli and de Villiers are arguably 2 of the most destructive batsmen on the planet. In IPL 2015, Kohli and de Villiers notched up a partnership of 215 runs, sending Mumbai’s bowlers to the cleaners. AB de Villiers was unplayable, scoring 133 runs in just 59 balls. Meanwhile, Kohli also played a crucial knock of 82, as RCB won the game by 55 runs. 

1. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers (229)

On top of the list is the duo of Kohli and de Villiers yet again. After slaughtering Mumbai in IPL 2015, the duo obliterated the Gujarat bowlers in a match in IPL 2016. The South African contributed an unbeaten 129, while Kohli was dismissed at 109 runs. In reply, Gujarat was all out for just 104 runs. RCB went on to win the match by an impressive 144 runs. 

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