There is absolutely no one on this planet that doesn’t like to watch AB Devilliers and Virat Kohli bat together. Undoubtedly two of the best modern day batsmen, they have stitched together enormous number of partnerships for RCB to take their side to victory. One such knock came this day, five years ago at the Wankhede stadium.
On this day five years ago, AB de Villiers produced a gem of a knock at the Wankhede Stadium, hitting the famous Mumbai Indians attack for as many as 19 boundaries and four maximums.
In that match, Kohli and De Villiers completely destroyed the bowling attack of the Mumbai Indians. Batting first, RCB lost Gayle when the scoreboard read just 20. But then came a storm at the Wankhede. Both De Villiers and Kohli scored along each part of the ground. They thrashed every Mumbai bowler out of the park.
The South African partnered captain Virat Kohli and the duo put on an unbeaten partnership of 215 runs in just 101 deliveries. De Villiers batted for 59 deliveries and scored an unbeaten 139 to power the Royal Challengers to a mammoth 235 runs. Virat Kohli stayed unbeaten on 82 off 50 deliveries.
The South African started at a relatively slower pace as he scored his half-century in just 29 deliveries. But once he went past the fifty-run mark, de Villiers showcased the full array of his stroke play.
He raced to his century in just 47 delivery, courtesy two huge back to back sixes. This was de Villiers’ second century in the IPL.
This unbeaten stand of 215 runs is the second highest partnership in the IPL till date. They then surpassed the record set by Marsh and Gilchrist on 2011 only to be broken by themselves one year later against Gujarat Lions when they plundered 221 runs together.