This is like Ronaldo and Messi in the same team: Twitter reacts to ABD-Kohli's breathtaking stand

AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli jointly orchestrated a mayhem by scoring magnificent centuries against a hapless Gujarat Lions (GL) attack as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) plundered a massive 248 for three with records broken at will in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

Skipper Kohli became the first player in the history of IPL to score three centuries in one edition of the league.

AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli (right) added 229 runs for the second wicket in a record stand. Sportzpics/IPL

AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli (right) added 229 runs for the second wicket in a record stand. Sportzpics/IPL

De Villiers smashed a scintillating unbeaten 129 off 52 balls with 10 fours and 12 sixes while Kohli hit a brilliant 109 off 55 balls clobbering five fours and eight sixes.

De Villiers, whose 43-ball century was the fifth fastest in IPL, teed off to get the maximum number of sixes in an innings by any individual batsman.

In all, the duo hit an astounding 20 sixes compared to 15 boundaries as the square of the Chinnaswamy looked too small at times.

Following the early dismissal of West Indian power-hitter Chris Gayle, who extended his long list of disappointing scores in the ongoing season, de Villiers and Kohli went on to add 229 runs for the second wicket in 96 deliveries, breaking their own record for the highest-ever partnership that they had created against Mumbai Indians in the previous edition of the tournament at the same venue.

Gujarat Lions were later skittled out for a paltry 104, with Chris Jordan grabbing four wickets for just 11 runs, with Yuzvendra Chahal taking three for 19, as Bangalore romped to a massive 144-run win!

Naturally, the social media exploded at the sight of two of the best batsmen of the current generation tearing the bowlers attack apart in such a ruthless manner. Here's a look at how the Twitterati responded to the occasion:

 

Well Bangalore and Rajkot are in stark contrast to each other in more ways than one:

 

As they say, behind every successful man is a woman. ABD credited his fabulous show with the bat to his wife's presence at the Chinnaswamy.

 

THAT moment, when Kohli reached his third century of the tournament, including his second against Gujarat:

 

The bowling unit was left in tatters following the conclusion of the innings. This is what their economy rates looked like:

 

Another way of looking at it:

 

This GIF sums up the feelings of the Gujarat bowlers:

 

A summary of all the records that were smashed in the game:

 

He's not entirely wrong you know:

 

The explosive knocks also left the jaws of some of current cricketers hanging as well:

 

 

 

 

 

RCB needed a win at this stage in order to keep their hopes for qualifying for the play-offs alive. The top-order trinity of Gayle, Kohli and ABD had to fire with the bat to boost their chances. Well, Gayle flopped but RCB lived to fight another day, thanks to Kohli and De Villiers.


Published Date: May 14, 2016 07:31 pm | Updated Date: May 14, 2016 07:31 pm


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