While Gujarat Lions are safely placed in 2nd position, Royal Challengers Bangalore needs to fight hard in every match to qualify for the playoffs. We must say that RCB have definitely pulled up their socks, at least one can say so after looking at the teams’ performance in this match against Gujarat Lions.
Brendon McCullum was leading the Gujrat Lions side today in the absence of Suresh Raina, this is probably the first match he is missing for his team in IPL. McCullum won the toss and chose to bowl as teams like DD and KKR have managed to chase down the score even after RCB has scored big.
Chris Gayle failed in this match yet again and then came the carnage. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers played one of the best innings of their life. Their record-breaking partnership of 229 runs took the team score to 248 in 20 overs. Gujrat Lions coming in to chase had immense pressure as this was a huge target. Even the likes of McCullum and Dwayne Smith couldn’t stand to a score like this and fell early. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals and RCB dismissed GL for just 104 runs to register a record-breaking win in IPL.
Here’s a look at some of the records that were broken in this match:
First IPL game missed – Suresh Raina had a unique record of not missing out even on a single match in IPL for his team. After playing 143 consecutive games, Raina has missed out on a game as he is expecting his first child.
Gayle Storm nowhere near – Gayle scored his 8th consecutive single digit score in T20 cricket. Really a tough phase going on for him.
Welcome to the 3000 run club – AB de Villiers becomes the 3rd overseas player after Gayle and Warner to complete 300 runs in IPL. He is the 9th player in the history of IPL to reach this mark. In IPL 2016, de Villiers is the 4th player after Uthappa, Dhoni, and Warner to reach this mark.
The Fourth century stand in IPL season – Kohli and de Villiers have played well together this season. In this match, they put together their 4th-century stand in an IPL season.
The Fifth fastest 100 in IPL –de Villiers scored his century in just 43 balls. This is the 5th fastest 100 in IPL history. Fastest is by Gayle, he scored a 100 in just 30 balls.
Best partnership in T20 Cricket – AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli bettered their record of highest partnership for any wicket in T20 Cricket history. These two put together 229 runs. Their previous best was 215 vs MI in 2015.
3rd Century in IPL Season – Virat Kohli scores his 3rd century in an IPL season. Most in a season by any player. Before this IPL season, Virat had 0 centuries to his name in T20 Cricket.
The largest win by runs in IPL – RCB won this match against GL by 144 runs. This is the largest win by runs in IPL. Previous best was 140 runs by KKR against RCB (in IPL Season 1, Match 1).
Most runs in an IPL season – Virat has scored 677 runs in this IPL season. This is the highest runs scored by any Indian player in a single IPL season.
A first instance when 2 centuries in a single innings – This is the first time in IPL that two players have scored a century from a team in a single innings. In T20 cricket, this is the 2nd time this event as occurred.
Nine bowlers used – RCB used as many as 9 bowlers in this match. This is the most number of bowlers a team has used in an IPL match.