On this day in 2016, Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers batted like possessed and massacred the bowling line-up that stood against them. Batting first at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, both the legends notched up their centuries and posted a 200-runs partnership. Gujarat lions were reduced to rabbits and were later hunted by RCB bowlers.
After Chris Gayle’s early departure, RCB were just 19/1 after four overs. It was from here that the duo assembled and blasted the Gujarati bowling. RCB ended the innings with 248/3. AB De Villiers scored 129 runs from just 52 balls with 10 fours and 12 sixes. Virat Kohli has a magical season scored 109 runs from 55 balls with 5 fours and 8 sixes.
Here are the highlights of the heavenly assault –
Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers' partnership of 229 in 2016 against Gujarat Lions (GL)https://t.co/tsec2aKYiA
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Here are the major records that were broken during the course of the innings –
*This was only the second time that two batsmen scored centuries in the same T20 innings.
*The 229-run partnership between De Villiers and Kohli for the second wicket, was the highest partnership in the history of T20 cricket. They bettered their own record of 215* against MI in IPL 2015.
*Kohli and De Villiers became the only pair to have shared two double-century stands in T20 cricket.
*RCB scored 112 runs for the loss of two wickets in the last five overs of their innings, this is the most by a team in T20s.
*RCB hit 20 sixes which were joint second-most in an innings in T20s.
*RCB beat GL by 144 runs which is the largest victory margin of victory in the history of IPL.
(Stats courtesy – DNA India)
In reply, Gujarat Lions were overpowered and were all out for only 104 runs, conceding 144 runs defeat. Chris Jordan took 4/11 while Yuzvendra Chahal took 3/19.