Mumbai, May 18: Quinton de Kock smashed an ubeaten 140 off 70 balls and shared a record opening stand with KL Rahul to power Lucknow Super Giants to 210/0 against Kolkata Knight Riders in match 66 of IPL 2022 at the Dr DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday (May 18).
De Kock smashed his second hundred in IPL and shared the highest opening partnership of 210 in IPL with Rahul (68 not out off 51 balls) to put LSG in the driving seat in a crucial match.
Opting to bat first, Rahul and De Kock added only 44 in the powerplay after some decent bowling from KKR's bowlers. The IPL newcomers in fact were only 111 in the 14th over and from then on the floodgates opened as they added 99 runs in the final six overs.
The unbeaten 210 partnership eclipsed the previous best of 185 set by David Warner and Jonny Bairstow for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The duo hit as many as 13 fours and 14 sixes during the innings. De Kock smashed as many as 10 sixes and 10 fours, while Rahul hit 3 fours and 4 sixes during the knocks.
De Kock's unbeaten 140 also surpassed Rajasthan Royals batter Jos Buttler's 116 as the highest individual scorer in the ongoing season. The South African's hundred is also the sixth of IPL 2022 after Buttler (3) and his opening partner Rahul (2).
Here is the top 10 list for the highest opening partnership in IPL:
|1||Quinton de Kock & KL Rahul||210||LSH||KKR||2022|
|2||Jonny Bairstow & David Warner||185||SRH||RCB||2019|
|3||Gautam Gambhir & Chris Lynn||184||KKR||GL||2017|
|4||Mayank Agarwal & KL Rahul||183||PBKS||RR||2020|
|5||Devon Conway & Ruturaj Gaikwad||182||CSK||SRH||2022|
|6||Faf Du Plessis & Shane Watson||182||CSK||PBKS||2020|
|7||Virat Kohli & Devdutt Padikkal||181||RCB||RR||2021|
|8||Tilakaratne Dilshan & Chris Gayle||167||RCB||PWI||2013|
|9||Sachin Tendulkar & Dwayne Smith||163||MI||RR||2012|
|10||Jonny Bairstow & David Warner||160||SRH||PBKS||2020|
De Kock-Rahul stand is also the third highest partnership in IPL history. The top two highest partnership records belong to Royal Challengers Bangalore duo AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli.
Here is the top 10 highest partnerships in IPL list:
|1||Virat Kohli & AB de Villiers||229||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Gujarat Lions||2016|
|2||Virat Kohli & AB de Villiers||215||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Mumbai Indians||2015|
|3||Quinton de Kock & KL Rahul||210||Lucknow Super Giants||Kolkata Knight Riders||2022|
|4||Adam Gilchrist & Shaun Marsh||206||Punjab Kings||Royal Challengers Bangalore||2011|
|5||Virat Kohli & Chris Gayle||204||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Delhi Capitals||2012|
|6||David Warner & Naman Ojha||189||Delhi Capitals||Deccan Chargers||2012|
|7||David Warner & Jonny Bairstow||185||Sunrisers Hyderabad||Royal Challengers Bangalore||2019|
|8||Gautam Gambhir & Chris Lynn||184||Kolkata Knight Riders||Gujarat Lions||2017|
|9||KL Rahul & Mayank Agarwal||183||Punjab Kings||Rajasthan Royals||2020|
|10||Ruturaj Gaikwad & Devon Conway||182||Chennai Super Kings||Sunrisers Hyderabad||2022|