AB de Villiers One Sided Innings Against Gujarat:After the smashing centuries from AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore bowlers squeezed the Gujarat Lions run-chase and bundled them out for 104. Jordan, Sachin Baby and Chahal bowled brilliantly.Two overs to go, Baby into the attack, Finch smashes the ball through mid-wicket for boundary.When both do so in the same innings, the devastation is nuclear. Such was the case on Saturday afternoon at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. The two batsmen made near-perfect centuries to power Royal Challengers Bangalore to 248 and set up a 144-run victory – a record margin in the IPL -over the shell-shocked Gujarat Lions.De Villiers and Virat Kohli tore apart Gujarat Lions whilst scoring respective centuries in what was the highest Twenty20 partnership ever – 229 runs off just 96 balls, surpassing their own record of an unbeaten 215 that was set last year.
The hosts were 19 for 1 in the fourth over :
The hosts were 19 for 1 in the fourth over after Chris Gayle was dismissed for his eighth successive single-digit T20 score. From that, to scoring the second-highest total in the Indian Premier League – they got 248 on the board on Saturday (May 14), took an extraordinary effort from the Royal Challengers. This was the second time that two T20 centuries were scored in the same innings, after the game between Gloucestershire and Middlesex at Uxbridge in 2011.
Brad Hodge, Gujarat Lions’s coach:
Brad Hodge, Gujarat Lions’s coach, on the eve of the clash had said that his side had a set of match-winners that could match Virat Kohli’s side’s power, but with a daunting target, as the one they were faced with, would have been enough to deflate a side, especially given the defencelessness they were made to feel by just two men from the opposition. In the end, the Lions fumbled to a whopping 144-run loss, which worsened their already-negative net run rate .
With Gayle having departed early once again, it was up to the golden pair of Kohli and de Villiers to steady the Bangalore ship – as they have done one too many times over the years. Dark clouds soared above the stadium, whilst parts of Bangalore received brief showers. The clouds, however, drifted away as quickly as they came in to let de Villiers weave his magic.
De Villiers went after Gujarat’s spinners:
De Villiers went after Gujarat’s spinners immediately, who were introduced into the attack in the fifth over, smashing youngster Shivil Kaushik for a six to kickstart his carnage. Pravin Tambe, who came in from the other end, was then given a tour of the de Villiers’s school of shot-making.