Highest opening partnership in IPL: One of the most difficult tasks in the cricket field is opening the batting. Because openers have to face the hard and brand-new cricket ball which gets seam and swing movements. Opening batters have to deal with different kinds of surfaces which have different bounces and paces.
In the Indian premier league, the opening batters play a key role in team success. Most of the time in IPL; highest runs scorer of the tournament or called Orange cap winner is the opener, which plays an important role for the team.
By giving a good start openers set the strong base for a big total. Opening pair set the platform for the upcoming batters of the team.
In a tournament like IPL, every team wants to have a good start with the bat in the initial overs of the match. It all depends on how the opening batters perform which defines the strategy of the team in the innings. If they give a good start, then the opposition can be put under pressure which can result in disruption of plans for the other team. Whereas in case of a bad start, it becomes difficult to recover from an early loss. In this article, we will be discussing the 5 highest opening partnerships in the history of IPL.
A solid and aggressive start by the opening batters shows the mindset and intent of the team, this put pressure on the opposition bowlers. A good start set the tone of the match for the batting team and early losses are always difficult to recover for a batting team. So opening a partnership is one of the most important aspects of batting. In this article, we will be discussing the 5 highest opening partnerships in the history of IPL.
Highest opening partnership in IPL [For 1st Wickets]
Here is the complete list of the Highest opening partnerships in IPL history for 1st Wickets
|Opener Player||Total Runs||Against Team||Season & Year|
|KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock||210*||KKR||18 May 2022|
|Jonny Bairstow and David Warner||185||RCB||31 March 2019|
|Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn||184*||GL||07 April 2017|
|KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal||183||RR||27 Sep 2020|
|Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway||182||SRH||01 May 2022|
No. 5: 182 runs, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway, 2022
On 1st May 2022, Maharashtra Cricket Association, Pune hosted Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad. SRH won the toss and decided to bowl first. CSK openers set the tone of the match by scoring a brilliant 182 runs partnership in just 17.5 overs. Gaikwad scored 99 and Conway remained unbeaten on 82. This is the highest opening partnership of CSK and the fifth highest in IPL history.
No.4: 183 runs, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, 2020
During the 2020 IPL season, Sarjah witnessed one more high-scoring thriller, in this game RR won the toss and decided to field first. Kxip captain KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal made 183 runs partnership in just 16.3 overs. KL Rahul scored 69 and Mayank Agarwal scored 106 which became the third-highest opening partnership of IPL history. This match is known as Rahul Tewatia’s brilliance which helps RR to cross the line.
No.3: 184* Runs, Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn, 2017
10 wickets wins are always special, and become more special in away games. Gautam Gambhir’s KKR won the toss and decided to field first, Gujrat Lions put a good total of 183 runs. Chris Lynn’s attacking start destroyed GL bowling, Lynn scored 93 in just 41 bowls with the 8 sixes and Gambhir scored 76 in 48 balls and this became an easy win for KKR.
No.2: 185 Runs, Jonny Bairstow and David Warner, 2019
A dream game for SRH,both the opener scored century and team’s win; what’s better than this to happen?. Yes, in 2019 at RCB home ground SRH openers made a partnership of 185 runs and managed a total of 231/2. In that game Jonny Bairstow scored 114 in 56 balls and David Warner scored 100 in 55 balls. RCB surrendered at the and 2 points for SRH.
No.1: 210* Runs, KL Rahul and Quinton De Kock, 2022
Against KKR in 2022, LSG won the toss and elected to bat first against KKR. Quinton De Kock and KL Rahul made the highest opening partnership of IPL history. Quinton scored 140 from just 70 balls, de Kock smacked the ball all over ther park by 10 fours and 10 sixes. Rahul played 68 runs inning in 51 balls. With the help of these two LSG out total of 210 without any wicket loss in 20 overs. In the end LSG won by 2 runs.