1082dThe Report by Sirish Raghavan

De Villiers, Kohli tons in record IPL win

AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli 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 Li

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AB de Villiers
129(52) 10x4 - 12x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • slog shot
  • 55 runs
  • 1x4 - 8x6
1 4 12 9 34 6 20 43
V Kohli
109(55) 5x4 - 8x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 25 runs
  • 3x4 - 2x6
3 0 8 9 34 18 25 12

Best performances - Bowlers

CJ Jordan
O3
M0
R11
W4
Eco3.66
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
YS Chahal
O4
M0
R19
W3
Eco4.75
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Gujarat Lions , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Season

Hours of play (local time)

16.00 start, First Session 16.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-17.50, Second Session 17.50-19.20

Match days

14 May 2016 - day/night match (20-over match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Royal Challengers Bangalore 2, Gujarat Lions 0

Scorer: Chandan Duorah | Commentator: Vishal Dikshit

We still have the presentation...

Kohli: I have all the right to smile today, everything went as per plans despite losing the toss. It can be pretty disheartening after losing 9 out of 11 tosses. It feels good that the guys are ready for it, our equation is pretty clear as it's like the playoffs from here. We don't want to push or pressurise ourselves too much, we know we are batting with intent and with good strike rates. It's important to not get ahead of ourselves, if you try extra you might end up scoring 150 instead of 180. We don't think about the game too much, we just react instinctively, and play smart cricket. I didn't want to speak about how well we had played and we gave the guys a realistic target of 170 to defend for the NRR. The guys have responded very well at the business and of the tournament. We want to take the responsibility and take the pressure. Everyday is a new opportunity for some youngster to perform and win the game for RCB, that's the most exciting thing going ahead.

AB is the Man of the Match: A lot of things played a role today, I walked out there feeling scareless, no fear of losing my wicket. Virat and I made good decisions while batting and assessed things very well and we accelerated very well at the end. I hate facing dot balls in T20s and I'm disappointing with the ones today (nine against Jadeja). Jaddu bowled very well today. It's about playing the right shots at the right time, it wasn't just about the boundaries. (Laughs) I'm really angry for facing those dot balls today!

Hard to believe but I can stop typing now as the focus shifts to the Eden Gardens where Dhoni has opted to bat. That's all from this record-breaking match, time to say goodbye!

7.16pm That's the biggest margin of win in IPL - 144 runs, beats KKR's 140-run win in the opening match of the first IPL. Big smiles and laughters for the RCB players as they walk off...Kohli and Aaron talk about how time was a factor towards the end; Gayle shares a joke with Watson. That was some batting firepower shown by AB and Kaohli today - footwork, power of the arms, class, technique, running between the wickets and all those combined to break several record. You can have a look at them here.

RCB are still at sixth place, albeit with 10 points, above Kings XI and Pune Supergiants. The Lions are at second place, Raina should be back for their next match but they would need a lot more to turn things around from there.

McCullum: We hard two world-class batters today and they played two of the greatest T20 innings in the history. Pretty disappointing for us but great to watch as a fan. We tried spin against AB but he took them on early on and got us back under pressure. We tried spin, tried to bowl short, tried to take the pace off but nothing worked. We'll try to dust this off and flush this down and come back stronger. Hopefully our skipper will be back in the next game and we'll try to get us through to the semi-finals. Margins can look great on paper but we need to get early wickets…but there's one team that turned up today. We'll try and turn things around now.

Thilan: "Wow Jordan performed well today when the pressure was on! Either a pasting or match winning performances by him it seems."

Shagird Patel: "Only AB and KL Rahul did not bowl today. Good team effort huh !! :)"

Tamilmani : "Is Kaushik batting in a normal way or anything else??? " Pretty normal, just like AB's batting today

Mustafa Moudi: "It took 8 long years to break the higjhest Margin Win record of 140 runs. I wonder how many years it would take to break the new one ???" Play them all at Bangalore and it may take only a few matches

Nikhil Tambolka: "With this massive win, RCB has bulldozed to the best run rate position in the table!!!"

Wilson: "Its only ironic that B Mac is captaining the team which is routed by RCB by 144 runs. He was the man who fashioned that victory of 140 runs by KKR against the same team...!"

18.4
W
Sachin Baby to Kaushik, OUT, that's it, two in two for Baby and RCB win by a whopping 144 runs! Slightly slower through the air as it turned towards leg, Kaushik wanted to work it to leg and got an edge to midwicket where Aravind leapt forward to take it with both hands

S Kaushik c Aravind b Sachin Baby 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

18.3
W
Sachin Baby to Finch, OUT, yeah Baby, you got Finch! It was going towards the stumps, Finch slogged to the leg side and found Aravind and deep midwicket

AJ Finch c Aravind b Sachin Baby 37 (49m 38b 3x4 1x6) SR: 97.36

18.2
4
Sachin Baby to Finch, FOUR runs, too full, Finch makes room and slams that with a big swing to the midwicket boundary for four!
18.1
0
Sachin Baby to Finch, no run, some flight there from Baby, Finch slogs and misses

I thought Raina had a baby. RCB have one too and he'll bowl now

Saurabh: "Even pacers should take couple of steps and bowl the overs like Gayle did! They can't afford to lose VK for next game!"

END OF OVER:
18 | 2 Runs | GL: 100/8 (149 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.55, RRR: 74.50)

  • PV Tambe7 (19b)
  • AJ Finch33 (35b)
  • CH Gayle2-0-3-0
  • S Aravind3-0-15-1
17.6
0
Gayle to Tambe, no run, this time in the block hole outside off and Tambe chases and misses
17.5
0
Gayle to Tambe, no run, in the block hole and Tambe blocks it back to Gayle

Huge win

144

Margin of victory for RCB in this match - biggest for a team in IPL. Previous biggest was by 140 runs by KKR vs RCB in Bangalore in the first IPL match in 2008.

Double blast

1

No. of instances of 2 centuries in a T20 innings, before this. Kevin O'Brien (119) and Hamish Marshall (102) did it for Gloucestershire v Middlesex in 2011.

5th fastest ton

43

No. of balls taken by AB de Villiers to reach century today, which is the 5th fastest century in IPL. Fastest century is in 30 balls by Gayle vs PWI in 2013.

Solid pair

4

No. of century partnerships between Kohli & de Villiers in this IPL - most by a pair in a season. Dhawan-Gambhir (2008) and Gayle-Kohli (2012) had 3.

ABD's productive season

5

No. of 50+ scores for AB de Villiers in this IPL - most by him in an IPL season. He had scored a century and 3 fifties in 2009 IPL.

3000-up

9

No. of players who have completed 3000 runs in IPL. AB de Villiers became the latest to join the list. He is the 3rd overseas batsman after Gayle and Warner.

Why not Kohli-rahul?

51.60

Average opening stand between Kohli and Rahul in this IPL - 258 runs in 5 inns. Other pairs have averaged just 8.16 - 49 runs in 6 inns.

Gayle fails again

8

No. of consecutive single-digit scores for Gayle in T20s since his 100* vs Eng in WT20. He never had more than 3 such scores in a row before this.

Raina's first miss

0

No. of matches Suresh Raina missed in his IPL career, before this match. He played all the 132 matches of CSK and 11 of GL before missing out today.