When we talk of franchise cricket leagues in the world the Indian Premier League seems grandest in every aspect. The grandeur begins right from the high bidding auction till the closing ceremony of the finale. So let’s take a look at those opening grandstand partnerships. So here are the 10 Biggest Opening Partnerships In IPL
10. David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha 151* – Sunrisers Hyderabad vs MI (Sharjah) – 2020
During the 2020 Edition of the IPL in the league stage the opening duo absolutely hammered the bowlers over the short boundaries of Sharjah and made the run chase against MI just a formality. They chased Mumbai’s 149 runs in just under 17 overs.
9. Adam Gilchrist and VVS Laxman -155* – Deccan Chargers vs MI (Mumbai) – 2008
A performance of yesteryear but still fresh in the minds. Due to the display of absolute class by the two pioneers of the game. Taking the bull by its horn this grandstand happened against Mumbai in its home ground. This partnership went on to become the best of 2008 IPL and in years to come.
8.Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay-159 – Chennai Super Kings vs RCB (Chennai) – 2011
Known as the den of ageing lions, this performance came from the CSK master strokers on the night of the final. Vijay missed the century by just 5. And Hussey’s quick fifty helped CSK to reach 205/5 and claim their second IPL title. They proved to be the perfect left-right combo a team could dream of. And helped enter Top 10 Biggest Opening Partnerships In IPL
7. Jonny Bairstow and David Warner-160 – Sunrisers Hyderabad vs KXIP (Dubai) – 2020
The duo fired continuously and took the team to the total of 201. Bairstow missed a well deserved century by three runs. Warner made a firing fifty. Bairstow was awarded Player of the Match too.
6. Sachin Tendulkar And Dwayne Smith 163* – Mumbai Indians vs RR (Jaipur) – 2012
The Little master and Smith made the run chase, a cake walk for the Indians. The association of 163 runs was just four runs short of Mumbai Indians highest ever partnership of unbroken 167, registered by Herschelle Gibbs and Rohit Sharma in Kolkata just over a week earlier. It was also then the highest opening stand in the IPL for the seasons till then. Though Chris Gayle and TM Dilshan bettered it by four runs the following season, Tendulkar and Smith’s partnership still remains the sixth highest stand for all wickets in the history of IPL.
5. Chris Gayle and Tillakratne Dilshan 167 – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs PW (Bangalore) – 2013
Chris Gayle scored a remarkable 175 runs not out whose record is yet unbreakable. Dilshan anchored the partnership by scoring 33 runs. The fans were pleased by the Gayle Storm hitting the ground. And a no fly zone was declared by the commentators. The knock was so big even today the sixth edition IPL is reminiscent by it. And with this performance they 10 Biggest Opening Partnerships In IPL and are still on the list.
4.Shane Watson and Faf Du Plessis 181* – Chennai Super Kings vs KXIP (Dubai) – 2020
Veterans Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis conjured up commanding unbeaten half-centuries as Chennai Super Kings demolished Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets to snap their string of losses in IPL 2020. CSK relished a much-needed victory after three defeats in a row, overhauling a 179-run target with remarkable ease.
3. KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal 183 – Kings XI Punjab vs RR (Sharjah) – 2020
Agarwal (106) and Rahul (69) stitched 183 runs for the opening stand, the highest partnership for any wicket for the 2020 season. Both brought the bowlers of Rajasthan into submission. They made a total of 223/2.
2. Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn 184* – Kolkata Knight Riders vs GL (Rajkot) – 2017
Kolkata Knight Riders gunned down a target of 184 without losing a single wicket – a world record in T20 cricket. Only target, made them short of their centuries. Kolkata Knight Riders’ chased down a target of 184. It was the highest successful run-chase by terms of without losing a single wicket in T20 cricket history. Chris Lynn equalled a 19-ball joint seventh fastest fifty in IPL.
1. David Warner and Jonny Bairstow 185 – Sunrisers Hyderabad vs RCB (Hyderabad) – 2019
In 2019, Warner and Bairstow shattered the record of the highest opening partnership in the tournament’s history. The double centuries by the openers helped SRH post 231 for two wickets on the board which turned out to be too much for star-studded RCB as they were all out for 113.
10 Biggest Opening Partnerships In IPL
|1||David Warner and Jonny Bairstow||185||RCB||2019|
|2||Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn||184*||GL||2017|
|3||KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal||183||RR||2020|
|4||Shane Watson and Faf Du||181*||KXIP||2020|
|5||Chris Gayle and Tillakratne Dilshan||167||PW( Pune Warriors)||2013|
|6||Sachin Tendulkar And Dwayne Smith||163*||RR||2012|
|7||Jonny Bairstow and David Warner(160)– Sunrisers Hyderabad||160||KXIP||2020|
|8||Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay||159||RCB||2011|
|9||Adam Gilchrist and VVS Laxman||155*||MI||2008|
|10||David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha||151*||MI||2020|
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