[Watch] Virat kohli and ab de villiers partnership 229 highlights vs Gujrat Lions

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Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers partnership 229 Demolish Gujarat Lions in Record IPL Stand

Bangalore, May 14, 2016 – AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli produced one of the most devastating batting displays in IPL history, smashing the Gujarat Lions bowling attack to all parts of the Chinnaswamy Stadium in a record 229-run partnership. Their knocks powered Royal Challengers Bangalore to an imposing 248/3, before routing Gujarat for just 104 to win by a record 144-run margin.

De Villiers was simply unstoppable, blasting an unbeaten 129 off just 52 balls with 10 fours and 12 sixes. Kohli was not far behind, making 109 off 55 deliveries with 5 fours and 8 sixes as the duo toyed with the Gujarat bowling.

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Their stand of 229 is the highest ever partnership for any wicket in IPL history. It was also only the second time two batsmen have scored centuries in the same T20 innings worldwide.

After a relatively sedate start, De Villiers and Kohli cut loose against the spinners, smashing them out of the attack. The final 9 overs produced an astonishing 167 runs as the boundaries kept raining down.

No Gujarat bowler was spared the onslaught as De Villiers and Kohli took the pitch to a different level with their sublime ball-striking. In reply, Gujarat’s batsmen appeared shell-shocked as they crumbled to 104 all out in the face of high-quality pace bowling from Chris Jordan (4/11) and Yuzvendra Chahal (3/19).

It was a batting masterclass from two of the modern greats and an evening the capacity crowd at the Chinnaswamy will never forget.

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Progression of Virat Kohli and AB De villiers partnership 229

The partnership started relatively slowly, with RCB scoring just 81 runs in the first 11 overs after being put in to bat. De Villiers was on 37 off 22 balls and Kohli on 36 off 31 balls at that stage.

However, the 12th over proved the catalyst as the duo started to accelerate. De Villiers took 22 runs off Ravindra Jadeja’s over, smashing two sixes and two fours to move to 52 off 26 balls.

From that point, the floodgates opened. De Villiers raced to his fifty off just 25 balls in the 15th over. Kohli then joined him in a a blitzkrieg, smashing 57 runs off just his last 14 deliveries to reach his third century of the IPL season.

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progression of Virat kohli and AB de villiers partnership 229
progression of Virat kohli and AB de villiers partnership 229

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The last 9 overs produced an incredible 167 runs as the boundaries flowed relentlessly. De Villiers reached his century off just 43 balls in the 17th over.

The duo just kept piling on the agony for Gujarat in the final overs. A staggering 60 runs came off the final 3 overs, including 30 off the 18th over bowled by Shivil Kaushik.

By the end, their unbroken 229-run stand off just 96 balls had taken RCB to the highest IPL total of 248/3. De Villiers was unbeaten on 129 off 52 balls, while Kohli had blazed 109 off 55 deliveries in an exhibition of world-class batting.

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