Be it chasing or batting first, having an opening batsman out for a duck always put a team on the back foot. Over the years, we have seen so many batsmen getting out on a duck in the Indian Premier League which has often led to a batting collapse. Though, it hasn’t always been the case.
The fans in IPL have also witnessed a complete reversal of that. Many a time, the openers went on to score a century when his partner got out for a duck. Batsmen have put on a spectacle despite the team losing quick wickets at the start. Perhaps, this is what you expect from your openers- to bail your team out from trouble and help them get over the line.
On that note, here’s a look at 5 highest scores by openers in IPL when his partner at the other end went for a duck:
5. Mathew Hayden: 89 off 58 balls against KXIP
Facing the first over of the game, S Badrinath got out the first ball off Irfan Pathan. But, this didn’t deter Mathew Hayden to have a go right from the start. The CSK opener wreaked havoc at Centurion cricket stadium against Kings XI Punjab in 2009 edition. He hit 8 fours and as many as 6 sixes en-route to his swashbuckling 89-run knock off 58 balls. His knock propelled CSK to 185 runs in 20 overs in the first innings. Dhoni and Co. eventually won that game by 12 runs.
4. Manan Vohra: 95 off 50 balls against SRH
On a pitch of inconsistent bounce and pace, Manan Vohra showed his class against SRH in 19th game of 2017 IPL. Despite losing Amla on the first ball, Manan Vohra ensured that the team keep up with the required run-rate. While wickets fell on regular intervals, Vohra kept Punjab’s hopes alive till the 19th of the innings. He scored 90 runs off just 50 balls, including 9 fours and 5 sixes before getting leg before to Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the penultimate over. Kings XI Punjab, in the end, fell short of 15 runs.
3. Shikhar Dhawan: 101 off 58 balls against CSK
It has been a stellar season for Shikhar Dhawan in the ongoing IPL 2020. The Delhi Capitals opener recently notched the maiden century of his IPL career against CSK at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. In pursuit of a 179-run total, Shikhar Dhawan anchored the chase and helped his side reach home with one ball remaining in the end. Delhi didn’t get a great start as Prithvi Shaw got out first ball. While wickets kept tumbling at short intervals, but Dhawan never let CSK have complete control of the game. He hit 14 fours and 1 sixes and scored 101 runs off just 58 balls. Axar Patel hit three sixes in the final over to seal the game for the team.
2. Quinton de Kock: 108 off 48 against RCB
The 11th match of 2016 between RCB and DC saw a run-fest at Bengaluru. RCB scored 191 in the first innings and made a superb start with the ball after dismissing Shreyas Iyer for a duck. However, all their hopes were put in vain by Quinton de Kock, who scored his first century of his IPL career. De Kock scored 108 runs off just 48 balls and thereby helped his side win the game by 7 wickets.
1. Virender Sehwag: 119 off 56 balls against DC
Virender Sehwag scored the first century of his IPL career against Deccan Charger in 2016. In a chase of 175, Delhi lost Finch for nought. However, the then skipper, Virender Sehwag was in a different mood. Unmindful of the complete lack of support from his team-mates, Sehwag cashed in and drowned Deccan in a flood of boundaries. He scored 119 runs off just 56 balls, which eventually proved enough to take his side home.