Royal Challengers Bangalore started slowly against Gujarat Lions at Bangalore on Saturday. They were 19/1 after 4 overs having lost Chris Gayle early once again. But then came the fireworks courtesy Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. First it was de Villiers to smack the bowling around the park with Kohli playing the supporting act. Later in the inning, at the closing juncture, Kohli took control as AB stood and admired from the non-striker’s end.
# The duo put together an incredible 229 runs for the second wicket from just 96 balls. This is the highest partnership in IPL history.
# Virat Kohli ended things with 109 from 55 balls and AB de Villiers with 129 from 52 balls. This is the second time two players from same team scored hundreds in a match. Previously, Kevin O’Brien (119) and Hamish Marshall (102) scored two tons in same innings in English County in 2011.
# AB de Villiers took 43 balls to reach his ton – the fifth fastest in IPL. Chris Gayle holds the record for the quickest ton (30 balls).
# Virat Kohli scored his third century this IPL – the most in the cash-rich league.
# Kohli and De Villiers now have four century partnerships between them – most for a pairing in a single IPL season.
# RCB scored a massive 112 runs in the last five overs. After 10 overs, RCB were 76/1, they added 172 in the last 10 overs.
# Only Ravindra Jadeja finished with an economy rate of below 10. Everyone else was thumped around with Shivil Kaushik proving most expensive. His final figures read: 3-0-50-0.
# RCB recorded their second highest IPL total. RCB also hold the record for the highest score – 263.
# All the top 3 highest partnerships this season have been between Kohli and De Villiers.
# Between Kohli and AB de Villiers there were fifteen fours and twenty sixes – 180 runs in just boundaries.
# RCB raced off to a 144 runs victory – the biggest victory margin in the IPL.