Ab de Villiers was in top form today © AFP
AB de Villiers was in top form today © AFP

AB de Villiers scores  43-ball century for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in match 44 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 against Gujarat Lions (GL). This is the fifth fastest century in IPL history. Chris Gayle, holds the record for fastest ton in IPL, who got to a ton off just 30 deliveries against Pune Warriors XI in in 2013. De Villiers came into bat when Chris Gayle was dismissed early but started going for it right from the beginning. He was well supported by Virat Kohli at the other end and the duo have put on over 100 for the second wicket, without breaking much sweat. This is a crucial match for both sides as GL are are looking to cement their place in the top half of the table and make it to the playoffs. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Lions, IPL 2016, Match 44 at Bengaluru

RCB on the other hand must win all the matches in the IPL if they are to have a chance to qualify for the playoff stage. This is however the first time that Suresh Raina has missed an IPL game in the nine season. Brendon McCullum is leading GL in Raina’s absence and despite his best of efforts, was not able to stop the two batsmen from scoring runs at will. Live Cricket Updates RCB vs GL, IPL 2016, Match 44 at Bengaluru

Earlier in the match it was GL, who had won the toss and elected to bowl first. RCB did not make any changes in the playing XI, but GL roped in Akshdeep Nath in place of the skipper. RCB struggled to find any sort of form in the previous match on the same pitch, but had no issues in scoring freely in this match