Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis, on Thursday (May 18), continued their red-hot partnership as openers to help Royal Challengers Bangalore thrash Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets in a crucial clash.

The win has helped RCB move up to the 4th spot in the IPL 2023 Points Table and take one step closer to the playoffs. One of the main reasons behind RCB’s fine performance in the ongoing season is Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis’ performance as openers.

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The duo started their campaign with a cracking 148-run stand for the first wicket against Mumbai Indians and have not looked back since then. On Thursday, they shared a mammoth 172-run partnership against SRH to help RCB chase down 186 with utmost ease. Virat Kohli led the charge with the bat by scoring a sublime century, his first in the IPL since 2019.

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The former India skipper’s knock came off 63 balls and was studded with 12 fours and 4 sixes. Du Plessis, on the other hand, smashed 71 off 47 balls with the help of 7 fours and a couple of sixes.

Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis create history:

The huge partnership against SRH has helped Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis enter the record books. The duo now hold the record for scoring the most runs as openers in an IPL season. Virat Kohli and du Plessis have shared 872 runs as opening partners in IPL 2023.

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No opening pair in the past had managed to breach the 800-run mark in the IPL. The record was previously held by former SRH pair Jonny Bairstow and David Warner who had 791 partnership runs as openers in IPL 2019.

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Most partnership runs by an opening pair in an IPL season:

872 – Virat Kohli – Faf du Plessis, 2023
791 – Jonny Bairstow – David Warner, 2019
756 – Faf du Plessis – Ruturaj Gaikwad, 2021
744 – Shikhar Dhawan – Prithvi Shaw, 2021
731 – Shikhar Dhawan – David Warner, 2016

In terms of most runs by a pair for any wicket in an IPL season, the Kohli – du Plessis pair is at the second spot. The first spot is held by Kohli – AB de Villiers pair for scoring 939 runs in IPL 2016.

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Most runs by a pair in an IPL season:

939 – AB de Villiers – Virat Kohli (RCB) in 2016
794* – Faf du Plessis – Virat Kohli (RCB) in 2023
791 – Jonny Bairstow – David Warner (SRH) in 2019

Kohli and du Plessis have also equaled the record for most 50-plus opening stands in an IPL season with their 7th such partnership. With RCB to play at least one more game, they will have the opportunity to break the record in the coming days.

Most 50-plus opening stands in an IPL season

7 – David Warner and Jonny Bairstow (SRH, 2019)
7 – Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad (CSK, 2021)
7 – Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli (RCB, 2023)

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