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.
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:
— Sid Mallya (@sidmallya) May 14, 2016
Well Bangalore and Rajkot are in stark contrast to each other in more ways than one:
Well done ABD and Kohli. Superb demonstration of what the pub capital of India can do to a dry state.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) May 14, 2016
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.
AB de Villiers says he did well because his wife was watching.
The Mallyas should book a separate stand for Mrs. de Villiers!#RCBvGL
— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) May 14, 2016
THAT moment, when Kohli reached his third century of the tournament, including his second against Gujarat:
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 14, 2016
The bowling unit was left in tatters following the conclusion of the innings. This is what their economy rates looked like:
— FirstpostSports (@FirstpostSports) May 14, 2016
Another way of looking at it:
P Kumar- 45 runs
Shivil- 50 runs
Bravo- 46 runs
Jadeja- 34 runs
These are not batsmen, these are GL's bowlers.#RCBvGL
— Sunil- The Cricketer (@1sInto2s) May 14, 2016
This GIF sums up the feelings of the Gujarat bowlers:
— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) May 14, 2016
A summary of all the records that were smashed in the game:
— Rajesh Khilare (@Cricrajeshpk) May 14, 2016
He's not entirely wrong you know:
That's how much you need to score when Stuart Binny is your Strike Bowler. #RCBvGL
— Sagarcasm (@sagarcasm) May 14, 2016
The explosive knocks also left the jaws of some of current cricketers hanging as well:
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) May 14, 2016
— David Miller (@DavidMillerSA12) May 14, 2016
Amazing to see how the best change this beautiful game we play #IPL2016 Loved Virat's comment about anchoring the innings
— Eoin Morgan (@Eoin16) May 14, 2016
This is like Ronaldo and Messi on the same team! #IPL2016
— Jos Buttler (@josbuttler) May 14, 2016
— Martin Guptill (@Martyguptill) May 14, 2016
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.
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Updated Date: May 14, 2016 19:31:44 IST