IPL: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers Tons Give RCB Record 144-Run Win Over Gujarat Lions
Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers notched up centuries as Royal Challengers Bangalore notched up a record 144-run win over Gujarat Lions to keep their play-off hopes alive.
Gujarat Lions won the toss and chose to bowl against Royal Challengers Bangalore and they struck immediately by sending back Chris Gayle for 6. (Images credit: BCCI)
From then on, it was the Virat Kohli-AB de Villiers show as they took the attack to the Gujarat Lions attack.
Kohli and de Villiers continued their aggressive form as they bludgeoned the Gujarat Lions attack.
De Villiers was the more aggressive of the lot as he notched up his 20th fifty.
De Villiers upped his scoring rate and Kohli played second fiddle.
De Villiers and Kohli stitched a massive stand as Gujarat Lions bowlers wilted under the pressure.
AB de Villiers survived a close moment but he survived and continued to punish the Gujarat Lions bowlers.
AB de Villiers notched up his third century in the IPL and it came off just 43 balls. It was the fifth-fastest in IPL history.
Kohli became the first batsman in IPL history to score three centuries in one edition as RCB tore the Gujarat Lions bowlers apart.
RCB ended up on 248/3, with Virat Kohli scoring 109 while AB de Villiers remained unbeaten on 129. Their partnership was worth 229 runs, the highest in Twenty20s.
RCB's total of 248/3 was their second-highest score in IPL. They also hold the record for the highest score in IPL, which was 263/5.
Chasing a mammoth 249, Gujarat Lions lost Brendon McCullum cheaply as RCB's bowlers backed up the great work done by Kohli and de Villiers.
Yuzvendra Chahal joined in the fun and picked up regular wickets to dent the Gujarat Lions top order.
Chris Jordan, who has struggled for form, roared back in style as he picked up four wickets.
Gujarat Lions, who were missing Suresh Raina, failed to put up a fight.
Aaron Finch was the only one who batted well but Gujarat Lions were fighting a losing battle.
Royal Challengers Bangalore registered a thumping 144-run win, the largest victory margin in terms of runs as they kept their play-off hopes alive.