AB de Villiers & Virat Kohli Centuries Sets a New World Record Partnership and Help to Humiliate Gujarat,A century apiece and a world record partnership from Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers saw the Royal Challengers Bangalore post a monstrous total of 248 for three and an equally monstrous victory by 144 runs in their IPL match against the Gujarat Lions at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Saturday.
The Lions, unsurprisingly, were never in contention and folded to a shell-shocked and miserable total of 104 all out in 18.4 overs with England allrounder Chris Jordan claiming the remarkable figures of 4-11 in three overs.
De Villiers reached his century first from just 43 balls, the fastest this year but only fifth overall, while Kohli was still in the 50s but the pair swapped roles in the final four overs as Kohli started hitting sixes at will – just as the South African had earlier in the innings.
Kohli departed to the penultimate delivery of the innings for 109 from just 55 balls with five fours and eight sixes after a partnership of 229 surpassing the previous world record of 215* between the same two players. They are the only pair to have passed 200 together twice.
Shane Watson was caught behind off the final ball giving Praveen Kumar two wickets in two balls but by then the innings had long passed any suggestion of consolation or even normality for the Gujarat bowlers who were all either wearing plastic grins or the pale demeanour of shock.
De Villiers was unbeaten at the end on 129 from 52 balls with ten fours and a dozen sixes.
Dwayne Bravo (3-0-46-0) and chinaman bowler Shivil Kaushik (3-0-50-0) both suffered the ignominy of conceding 30 runs in an over and were joined by legspinner Pravin Tambe (2-0-25-0) in being hit for six between cover and point.
It may not have been Kohli’s intention as captain to further embarrass the opposition beyond the result but his use of nine bowlers, including himself and another specialist batsman in Sachin Baby, suggested very strongly that he was not averse to rubbing the Lions’ noses in their own mess.
The result kept RCB’s hopes of playoff place alive – they still need to win their remaining three matches – while the Lions will need to win one of their remaining two to qualify for the top four.
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE: V Kohli (capt), CH Gayle, AB de Villiers, KL Rahul (wk), SR Watson, Sachin Baby, STR Binny, CJ Jordan, S Aravind, VR Aaron, YS Chahal
GUJARAT LIONS: DR Smith, BB McCullum (capt), RA Jadeja, KD Karthik (wk), AJ Finch, AD Nath, DJ Bravo, P Kumar, DS Kulkarni, S Kaushik, PV Tambe