Highest partnership in T20 cricket

Partners Runs For Against Format
H Zazai, Usman Ghani
(Afghanistan)
236 1st wicket Ireland T20 International
V Kohli, AB de Villiers
(Royal Challengers Bangalore)
229 2nd wicket Gujarat Lions T20 (IPL)
A Finch, D Short
(Australia)
223 1st wicket Zimbabwe T20 International
V Kohli, AB de Villiers
(Royal Challengers Bangalore)
215* 2nd wicket Mumbai Indians T20 (IPL)
S Iyer, SK Yadav
(Mumbai)
213 3rd wicket Sikkim T20 (Domestic)
K Akmal, S Butt
(Lahore Whites)
209* 1st wicket Islamabad T20 (Domestic)
J Denly, Bell-Drummond
(Kent)
207 1st wicket Essex T20 (Domestic)
M Stoinis, H Cartwright
(Melbourne Stars)
207 1st wicket Sydney Sixers T20 (BBL)
A Gilchrist, S Marsh
(Kings XI Punjab)
206 2nd wicket Royal Challengers Bangalore T20 (IPL)
C Gayle, V Kohli
(Royal Challengers Bangalore)
204* 2nd wicket Delhi Daredevils T20 (IPL)
M Wade, D Short
(Hobart Hurricanes)
203 1st wicket Adelaide Strikers T20 (BBL)
M Juneja, A Malek
(Gujarat)
202* 4th wicket Kerala T20 (Domestic)
C Gayle, B McCullum
(Rangpur Riders)
201* 2nd wicket Dhaka Dynamites T20 (BPL)
P Ingram, J How
(Central Districts)
201 1st wicket Wellington T20 (Domestic)
H Munsey, K Coetzer
(Scotland)
200 1st wicket Netherlands T20 International

Glossary: * indicates an unbroken partnership; BBL-Big Bash League, BPL-Bangladesh Premier League, IPL-Indian Premier League

What we see here is the list of highest partnerships in T20, combining T20 International (T20I), domestic and franchise cricket.

The Afghanistan pair of Hazratullah Zazai and Usman Ghani’s first-wicket stand of 236 is the highest partnership for any wicket in T20 cricket.

Virat Kohli is part of most (if not all) batting records and he features thrice on this list, twice with AB de Villiers and once with Chris Gayle. The three 200-run partnerships he’s been part of have all come for his IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore. His 229-run and unbroken 215-run partnerships with de Villiers are the first- and second-highest for the second wicket.

Pakistan’s Kamran Akmal and Salmat Butt hold the record for the sixth-highest partnership in T20 cricket. Playing for Lahore Whites against Islamabad in the National T20 Cup, they put together 209 runs for the first wicket and remained unbeaten.

At the time of writing, T20 cricket has seen fifteen 200-run partnerships, with eight of those coming for the first wicket. Five such partnerships have been for the second wicket and one each for the third and fourth wicket.