IPL RCB vs GL: Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore thrash Gujarat Lions by 144 runs

Kohli, AB de Villiers fire Bangalore to 248-3

Royal Challengers Bangalore routed Gujarat Lions by a record margin of 144 runs to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the Playoffs.

This was the heaviest margin of victory in the IPL surpassing the 140-run win by Kolkata Knight Riders in the first IPL.

AB de Villiers clobbered 12 sixes and 10 fours in a savage attack on the Lions while Kohli cracked right sixes and five boundaries.

Royal Challengers Bangalore powered by incredible centuries from Virat Kohli (109) and AB de Villiers (129 not out) hammered 248-3 against Gujarat Lions.

Kohli smashed eight sixes and five boundaries in his 55-ball knock while ABD hammered 12 sixes and 10 fours in his 52-ball innings as they massacred the Lions attack.

Shane Watson c Karthik b Kumar 0 (1b)

Virat Kohli c Bravo b Kumar 109 (55b 5x4 8x6). RCB 248-2, 19.5 overs.

Kohli slams a straight six off Praveen to reach his century off 53 balls.

Kaushik has gone for 30 as Kohli clobbers three sixes and a boundary to race to 95. RCB 233-1, 19 overs.

Bravo has gone for 30 with ABD a boundary and three sixes, one of which sails out of the ground. RCB 203-1, 18 overs.

Praveen goes for 23 as AB de Villiers three sixes and a boundary to race to a 43-century. RCB 159-1, 16 overs.

Kohli completes his 50 with a single while its raining sixes and fours from the blade of ABD. RCB 136-1, 15 overs.

ABD has slammed a 25-ball 50 hammering two sixes and two boundaries off Kulkarni. RCB 103-1, 12 overs.

AB de Villiers is on fire shuffling across and hammering another six off Tambe. RCB 42-1, 6 overs.

Kaushik goes for 12 as Kohli cracks a boundary while AB de Villiers has thumped a six off the back foot. RCB 31-1, 5 overs.

Gayle has gone cheaply again chopping Kulkarni onto his stumps. RCB 19-1, 3.5 overs.

Chris Gayle b Kulkarni 6 (13b 1x4)

Gujarat Lions have won the toss and put Royal Challengers Bangalore into bat.

Royal Challengers Bangalore will play host to the Gujarat Lions in Match 44 of IPL at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.

RCB have four wins from ten outings and are placed in the bottom half of the table.

Gujarat Lions have seven wins from 11 outings and a win in this match will almost confirm their passage to the Playoffs.

The Lions will be without their captain Suresh Raina – who will miss an IPL match for the first time ever – since he is away on paternity leave.

Brendon McCullum is expected to take over the reins of the team.

In the only previous meeting between them, Royal Challengers Bangalore won by six wickets.

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