Highest partnership for each wicket in the IPL

Sunil Joseph

AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli

One of the best things about the IPL are those big massive partnerships that arise out of nowhere and take the game away from the opposition. They also make for a lot of entertainment as the fans who turn up to these matches to witness such destructive moments. 

Big partnerships usually make for big innings and it gets really fascinating when both the batsmen bat together like a well-oiled machine. Over the years, we have all had the pleasure of witnessing numerous century stands that have left us in awe.

So, let’s take a look back at the highest partnership for each wicket in the IPL.

1st Wicket - 184* by Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn (KKR vs Gujarat Lions)

Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn

This incident took place when Kolkata Knight Riders were set to clash against the Gujarat Lions on April 7, 2017, at Rajkot. KKR won the toss and elected to field first. Gujarat Lions were able to put on a good batting performance posting a total of 183/4 in their 20 overs thanks to Raina (68*) and Dinesh Karthik (47*) who contributed a majority of their team’s runs whereas for KKR, Kuldeep Yadav was the pick of the bowlers with 25/2 in his 4 overs.

Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn walked out to open the innings and what ensued next was utter destruction. The duo formed an unbeaten partnership and strolled across the finish line with ease. It took KKR just 15 overs to chase down this target and they did it without losing a single wicket. This also meant that Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn now held the record for the highest ever opening partnership in IPL history.

Chris Lynn scored an unbeaten 93 runs from 41 balls. His innings comprised six fours and eight sixes. Meanwhile, his partner at the other end, Gautam Gambhir - scored an unbeaten 76 runs from 48 balls, an innings which comprised of 12 fours. It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that Chris Lynn was awarded the Man of the Match award for his destructive batting.

2nd Wicket - 229 by Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers (RCB vs Gujarat Lions)

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers

2016 was a great season for the Royal Challengers Bangalore especially Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. So, it was only fitting that the two would be involved in a record partnership. On 14th May 2016, RCB were set to take on the Gujarat Lions at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Gujarat Lions won the toss and elected to field first, a decision they would soon regret.

Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli walked out to open the innings. While fans were expecting ‘The Universe Boss’ to get off to a good start that did not happen as Gayle was dismissed for six runs. RCB lost their first wicket for 19 runs in 3.5 overs. Out walked AB de Villiers to bat along Virat Kohli.

This is where the match got interesting as both of them starting picking apart the Gujarat Lions bowlers one by one. The duo put on a massive 229 runs for the second wicket and broke many records along the way. This partnership is also the biggest partnership for any wicket in the history of the IPL.

AB de Villiers top scored with 129* from 52 balls with 10 fours and 12 sixes followed by Virat Kohli who scored 109 from 55 balls with five fours and eight sixes. Not a single bowler was spared during this innings that saw RCB post a mammoth total of 248/3 in their 20 overs.

In response to RCB’s batting, Gujarat Lions only managed to score a measly 104 runs in 18.4 overs. RCB won the match by 144 runs. Unsurprisingly, AB de Villiers won the man of the match award.

3rd Wicket - 157 by Cameron White and Kumar Sangakkara (Deccan Chargers vs Pune Warriors India)

Cameron White and Kumar Sangakkara

This incident took place when Deccan Chargers took on Pune Warriors India in the 2012 edition of the Indian Premier League. DC won the match and electing to bat first, quickly found themselves in trouble at 23/2 in 4.4 overs. It was all left to T20 veteran Cameron White and legendary Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara to rescue their team.

The duo put on an incredible partnership of 157 runs which consisted of 14 fours and six sixes to save their team from an embarrassing defeat. The ball was dispatched to nearly every part of the ground as Cameron White scored 74 from 45 balls while Sangakkara scored 82 from 52 balls. They helped their team put on a total of 186/4 in 20 overs.

In return, Pune Warriors India put on a solid fightback before ultimately losing the match by just 13 runs. Kumar Sangakkara was awarded the man of the match for his incredible performance.

4th Wicket - 132 AB de Villiers and Yuvraj Singh (RCB vs Rajasthan Royals)

AB de Villiers and Yuvraj Singh

After winning the toss against the Rajasthan Royals, RCB elected to bat first. After quickly losing the wicket of Kohli and Gayle, RCB found themselves in trouble at 40/3 in 8.1 overs. It was now all up to the middle-order to save RCB from imploding. Luckily for them, AB de Villiers (58 runs from 32 balls) and Yuvraj Singh (83 runs from 38 balls) showed up in good form and put on an amazing partnership of 132 runs to help their team reach a total of 190/5 in 20 overs. 

In response to RCB’s total, RR were struggling at 106/5 after getting off to a good start. Yuvraj Singh was the pick of the bowlers with 35/4 in his 4 overs. However, he couldn’t save his team from defeat as Steve Smith (48*) and James Faulkner (41*) helped Rajasthan Royals over the finish line. 

5th Wicket - 134* by Shakib Al Hasan and Yusuf Pathan (KKR vs Gujarat Lions)

Shakib Al Hasan and Yusuf Pathan

On 8th May 2016, KKR were geared up and ready to take on the Gujarat Lions at the Eden Gardens. Gujarat Lions won the toss and elected to bowl first which proved to be a wise decision as they had KKR reeling earlier in their innings. The scoreboard read 24/4 when Yusuf Pathan walked out to accompany Shakib Al Hasan. With Uthappa, Gambhir, Pandey and Suryakumar Yadav back in the pavilion, they (Pathan and Shakib) had to carefully construct their innings. 

They managed to put on an unbeaten 134-run stand for the 5th wicket to take their team from 24/4 to 158/4 in 20 overs. 

Their partnership would go in vain as Gujarat Lions were able to chase down the target with ease thanks to a spectacular half-century from Dinesh Karthik (51). Praveen Kumar was adjudged the man of the match for his spell of 19/2 in 4 overs.

6th Wicket - 122* by Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard (MI vs RCB)

Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard

This match took place at Bengaluru when Mumbai Indians took on the Royal Challengers Bangalore. After winning the toss, MI elected to field first. RCB started their innings in slow fashion but managed to post a decent total of 171/6 thanks to a brilliant performance from Mayank Agarwal (64*).

In response to RCB’s total, MI were in trouble as they started to lose wickets in quick succession. Soon, they found themselves struggling at 51/5. Just when everyone thought the match was over for MI, Ambati Rayudu (81*) and Kieron Pollard (52*) smashed an unbeaten 122-run stand for the 6th wicket and helped their team win the match with 2 balls to spare.

This partnership which consisted of 11 fours and 7 sixes set the record for the highest 6th wicket partnership in the history of the IPL. Ambati Rayudu won the man of the match award for his outstanding performance with the bat.

7th Wicket - 100 by Jagadeesha Suchith and Harbhajan Singh (MI vs KXIP)

Harbhajan Singh

This was an expected entry into the record books. On 12th April 2015, Mumbai Indians clashed against Kings XI Punjab. MI won the toss and elected to field first. KXIP got off to a very good start and capitalized on it, later on, to put on a decent total of 177/5 in 20 overs. George Bailey top-scored for MI with 61 runs from 32 balls at a strike-rate of 190.62.

MI’s chance for a victory were shattered earlier on when their top order collapsed in quick succession. Mumbai Indians lost all their notable batsmen and were struggling at 59/6. All hope was lost for MI, but that didn’t stop Jagadeesha Suchith and Harbhajan Singh from fighting back.

The duo posted an unbelievable century stand that helped MI reach 159/7 in 20 overs saving their net run-rate in the process. 

8th Wicket - 69 by Brad Hodge and James Faulkner (RR vs MI)

Brad Hodge

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Mumbai Indians were off to a good start. Their openers, Michael Hussey (56) and Lendl Simmons (62) helped put on a 120-run opening stand that helped MI reach a total of 178/3 in their 20 overs.

In reply to MI, Rajasthan Royal struggled right from the start with a string of single digit scores from Unmukt Chand, Shane Watson, Sanju Samson, and Kevon Cooper. RR were 75/7 when Brad Hodge and James Faulkner decided to take it upon themselves to save their team from an embarrassing defeat. Both of them managed to put on a partnership of 69 before Hodge was dismissed on 40.

While Faulkner remained unbeaten on 31, he couldn’t help get his team over the line and RR lost the match by 25 runs. Despite this partnership making the record books, this is one of those matches that the Rajasthan Royals would want to forget.

9th Wicket - 41 by Dwayne Bravo and Imran Tahir (CSK vs MI)

Dwayne Bravo

This partnership took place during the Chennai Super Kings return to the IPL after a ban of two years. In the opening match, CSK were set to take on their arch-rivals and defending champions Mumbai Indians.

Dhoni won the toss for CSK and decide to field first. Good knocks from Ishan Kishan (40), Suryakumar Yadav (43), Hardik Pandya (22*), and Krunal Pandya (41*) helped MI post a total of 165/4 in 20 overs.

CSK fans were devastated at the start of CSK’s run chase. With their most recognized batsmen back in the pavilion, it felt as if CSK’s return wouldn’t end in triumph. CSK were in trouble at 118/8 when Dwayne Bravo single-handedly guided his team within winning margin thanks to his partnership of 41 with Imran Tahir. In the end, CSK managed to win the match with just one ball to spare.

10th Wicket - 29* by Siddharth Trivedi and Munaf Patel (RR vs Delhi Capitals)

Siddharth Trivedi

This record partnership was set during a match between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals (known as Delhi Daredevils at the time). Delhi Daredevils won the toss and elected to bat first. Despite losing the early wickets of Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, Delhi were able to score a total of 150/3 in 20 overs. This was largely due to the fact that AB de Villiers scored an unbeaten 79 runs from 55 balls. 

When Rajasthan Royals walked out to bat, they never managed to get going. They were consistently losing wickets at regular intervals. This led to RR being in a terrible position of 107/9. At this point, they probably figured the match was lost and decided to hold on to the final wicket till the end. This led to an unbeaten 10th wicket partnership of 29 between Siddharth Trivedi and Munaf Patel. As expected, Delhi Capitals won the match by 14 runs. Unsurprisingly, AB de Villiers was named the man of the match thanks to his brilliant knock.