AB de Villiers © IANS
AB de Villiers scored a tremendous 133* © IANS

A monumental 133 not out from AB de Villiers and a skilful 82 not out from Virat Kohli helped Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) thrash the hapless Mumbai Indians (MI) bowlers to all ends of the Wankhede as RCB scored a massive 235 for one in Match 46 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 at Wankhede, Mumbai, on Sunday. Chris Gayle’s early dismissal for 13 — he managed to hit a four and a six — did not hamper RCB too much. Live Updates: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), IPL 2015 Match 46

MI could have been in a far better position early, but both Gayle and Kohli were dropped in the same over — bowled by Mitchell McClenaghan — to provide RCB with a couple of early reprieves. Rohit Sharma and Harbhajan Singh were the men guilty of the lapses, though Gayle’s dismissal did not hamper MI too much. Kohli, though, was a different matter entirely. Live Scorecard: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), IPL 2015 Match 46

If MI were happy to see the back of Gayle early, their joy would have turned to ashes with the emergence of de Villiers. The South African No. 3 seemed to think he was facing the West Indies — against whom he scored the fastest ODI fifty, hundred, and one hundred and fifty — and ended up playing one of the most thrilling innings yet in IPL 2015. He brought out all the insane shots in his repertoire; the one-handed sweep and the inside out cover drive he played off Lasith Malinga in the 19th over of the innings perfectly summed up his innings. IPL 2015 Highest run-scorer: List of best batsmen in IPL 8

Kohli played his part at the other end, scoring a composed fifty and feeding de Villiers with as much of the strike as he could. He made full use of the early life he got, and ensured that the poor deliveries were dispatched. His innings was completely overshadowed by de Villiers’ but he played a tremendous innings as well. Kohli and de Villiers added a sensational 215 runs — the highest partnership in T20 history — to absolutely decimate MI. IPL 2015 Most 6s and 4s: List of most dangerous batsmen in IPL 8

Earlier, Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first, as he moved in with an unchanged squad. Rohit Sharma made a couple of changes to the side, bringing in Lasith Malinga for Merchant de Lange and Jasprit Bumrah for Vinay Kumar. Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015: Complete coverage

Brief scores:

Royal Challengers Bangalore 235 for 1 (Virat Kohli 82*, AB de Villiers 133*; Lasith Malinga 1 for 27) vs Mumbai Indians.

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(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)