IPL: Kohli, de Villiers Make History, South African Dedicates Ton to Wife
Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers blasted centuries as Royal Challengers Bangalore notched up 248/3, their highest score in the Indian Premier League as they plundered the Gujarat Lions. RCB won the match by 144 runs.
AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli are the two modern greats of world cricket. Both these batsmen put on a magnificent exhibition of batting in a must-win game for Royal Challengers Bangalore as they plundered records in their must-win clash against Gujarat Lions in Bangalore on Saturday. Both Kohli and de Villiers notched up centuries to propel RCB to 248/3. GL, in reply, were all out for 104.
After his knock, de Villiers revealed what prompted him to score a 52-ball 129*. "Actually I didn't feel too good in the beginning, it was difficult to time the ball initially. My secret's very simple - my wife (Danielle) is here to watch," he said
Here are a list of statistical snippets broken by de Villiers and Kohli.
248 - The second-highest total for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. They also have the highest score in Twenty20s, which is 263/5 achieved against Sahara Pune Warriors in the 2013 edition.
3 - The number of centuries scored by AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli in the IPL.
1 - The first time that a player has scored three centuries in one edition of the Indian Premier League. Virat Kohli has become the first batsman to achieve this feat.
1 - The first time that two batsmen have scored a century in one innings in the IPL. De Villiers and Kohli achieved this in the match against Gujarat Lions.
2 - This is the second instance in all Twenty20s where two batsmen have scored a century in one innings. Kevin O'Brien and Hamish Marshall smashed 119 and 102 for Gloucestershire against Middlesex in a Twenty20 match in 2011.
112 - The number of runs scored by de Villies in fours and sixes in his knock of 129*. He smashed 10 fours and 12 sixes in his blistering innings.
5 - The fifth fastest century in the IPL was smashed by de Villiers. He took just 43 balls to notch up his ton. Chris Gayle, Yusuf Pathan, David Miller and Adam Gilchrist are the other batsmen ahead of de Villiers.
229 - The partnership between de Villiers and Kohli, which is the highest in Twenty20 matches. The previous highest was also by Kohli and de Villiers, which was 215 against Mumbai Indians in the 2015 edition.
4 - Number of century partnerships by Kohli and de Villiers in this edition of the IPL. They have the three highest stands in this edition of the tournament.