Records tumble as Bangalore demolish Gujarat


Royal Challengers Bangalore blasted their way to the biggest winning margin in Indian Premier League history as they defeated Gujarat Lions by 144 runs on Saturday.

Bangalore reached 248-3 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, a tally second only to their own record high score of 263 set against Pune Warriors at the same venue in April 2013.

They recovered from an inauspicious start, losing big-hitting opener Chris Gayle for six when he dragged Dhawal Kulkarni onto his stumps in the fourth over.

But that was as good as it got for the Lions, as surviving opener Virat Kohli (109) and the next man in, AB de Villiers (129 not out), clubbed their way to a massive total.

De Villiers in particular proved devastating, smashing 12 sixes and 10 fours, while Kohli managed eight maximums and reached the boundary rope five times.

Kohli eventually departed after 55 balls, snared by an acrobatic Dwayne Bravo catch at backward square leg off Praveen Kumar (2-45).

From the final ball of the innings, Kumar drew an inside edge from Shane Watson, who departed for a golden duck, but the damage was done, De Villiers unbeaten from 52 deliveries at the end of a brutal display.

It was only the second time in T20s that two batsmen have scored centuries in the same innings, while Kohli and De Villiers' second-wicket stand of 229 was also the highest partnership in the history of the format. 

The Lions were without captain Suresh Raina, who missed his first-ever IPL game to attend the birth of his daughter, leaving Brendon McCullum to lead the team in his absence. 

Having seen his team taken apart in the field, the stand-in skipper was part of a comprehensive failure from Gujurat's top order, departing for 11 after fellow opener Dwayne Smith went for seven.

Aaron Finch (37) and Ravindra Jadeja (21) top scored, while the final six batsmen to arrive at the crease could only muster 14 runs between them. 

Chris Jordan (4-11) and Yuzvendra Chahal (3-19) did the damage with the ball for Bangalore, setting a new record for a winning margin in the process. Royal Challengers were on the wrong end of the previous mark, having lost by 140 runs to Kolkata Knight Riders in the opening match of the first IPL in 2008.

The result leaves the Lions second in the table, while Bangalore are sixth, two points off the top four with three matches still to play as they seek to snatch a berth in the finals.