On This Day: AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli’s record-breaking 229-run partnership stunned cricketing world

Let us have a look at some of the records that were broken during the mammoth partnership between Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.
Sudharshan Sridharan Author

Updated - 14 May 2021 10:00 pm

Today marks the 5-year anniversary of the record-breaking 229 run-partnership between AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli in IPL against Gujrat Lions. RCB had a stellar season in 2016 with strong performances from both Virat Kohli and de Villiers. The RCB skipper scored 973 runs which is the highest for any player in single IPL season, while AB de Villiers scored 687 runs. Kohli recorded 4 centuries in a single IPL season which was a record for any player.

Let us have a look at some of the records that were broken during that mammoth partnership

229 – AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli’s 229 run partnership is the highest ever in IPL history for any wicket. Notably, the pair also became the only duo to record 200+ run partnership two times in the tournament.

200-plus run partnerships in IPL:

Adam Gilchrist & Shaun Marsh – 206 vs RCB, 2011
Chris Gayle & Virat Kohli – 204* vs DC, 2012
Virat Kohli & AB de Villiers – 215* vs MI, 2015
Virat Kohli & AB de Villiers – 229 vs GL, 2016

144 – RCB defeated Gujrat Lions by a margin of 144 runs in IPL. At that time, it was the largest margin of victory for any team in IPL and it still remains to be the highest margin of victory for RCB (by runs).

Largest margin of victory in IPL (By runs):

146 runs by MI vs DC in 2017
144 runs by RCB vs GL in 2016*
140 runs by KKR vs RCB in 2008

248 – RCB’s 248/3 is the second-highest total ever in IPL history.

Highest total in IPL

RCB – 263/5 vs PWI, 2013
RCB – 248/3 vs GL, 2016*
CSK – 246/5 vs RR, 2010

112 – RCB smashed 112 runs in the last 5 overs of the game and that remains to be the highest for the last 5 overs till today.

Most runs scored in the last 5 overs of an IPL game:

RCB – 112 vs GL, 2016
RCB – 91 vs KKR, 2019
MI – 89 vs RCB, 2020
MI – 89 vs PBKS, 2020

2 – Both AB de Villiers (129*) & Virat Kohli (109) smashed a century in that game.

Two-player scoring a century in T20 innings:

Kevin O’ Brien (119) & Hamish Marshall (102) vs Middlesex, 2011

AB de Villiers (129*) & Virat Kohli (109) vs GL, 2016*

Alex Hales (100) & Rilee Rossouw (100*) vs Chittagong Vikings, 2019

Jonny Bairstow (114) & David Warner (100*) vs RCB, 2019



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