The forty-fourth game in the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League saw Royal Challengers take on Gujarat Lions at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.Brendon McCullum won the toss for Gujarat Lions as a captain after injury to Suresh Raina. He decided to bowl first on a flat pitch. Chris Gayle departed early for 6 runs but Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers came to the crease to form one of the superlative partnerships of all time witnessed in the Indian Premier League to score quick tons and amass 248 runs on the board after 20 overs.
The duo combined to produce havoc on Gujarat Lions bowlers as they were taken apart for fours and sixes to all parts of the ground.AB de Villiers scored a 43 ball hundred to remain unbeaten at the end at 129 not out while Kohli also scored his third ton of the season to form a 229 run stand for the second wicket. The collaboration of such mammoth partnership between AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli produced a total of fourteen fours and twenty sixes to catapult their side to a resounding win over Gujarat lions by 144 runs.The start for Gujarat Lions was quite good as Praveen Kumar and Dhawal Kulkarni bowled good spells that saw Chris Gayle dismissed early. Once the spinners came on to the attack, the game changed as Kohli and de Villiers attacked the spinners from the start and pounced on anything lose. The two overs from spinners Pravin Tambe and Shivil Kaushik cost 23 run as the Royal Challengers pushed on the acceleration button to start their climb to register a gigantic total on the board.
In a innings that depicted something out of the ordinary on the show, De Villiers seem to be the man of the moment as he completely overshadowed Virat Kohli at the other end to unleash a wide range of strokes to decimate the opposition bowling lineup and increasing rate of scoring at will. Virat Kohli seem to be in command when he took over the leading role from de Villiers to produce 57 runs off 14 balls to notch up his third century of this tournament.The Gujarat Lions reply was a meek on as they never fully recovered from the onslaught produced by de Villiers and Kohli to be bundled out for 104 runs. Chris Jordan was impressive as he took 4 wickets in the game and conceded 11 runs while Yuzvendra Chahal took 3 for 19 to steer their side to win the game by 144 runs.
The result for Royal Challengers Bangalore was a crucial one as a loss here would have meant their exit from the playoffs of the Indian Premier League 2016