McCullum smashes Bangalore

Apr 19th, 2008 | By admin | Category: Indian Premier League

Brendon McCullum lived up to his $700,000 price tag after launching a withering attack on the Bangalore Royal Challengers in the first match of the highly anticipated Indian Premier League. McCullum launched a breathtaking assault which saw him amass 13 sixes and 10 fours as all other batsmen appeared to struggle on a pitch which provided help to the fast bowlers. He made 158* in all, the highest score in the brief history of Twenty20 cricket, surpassing the 141* made by Cameron White.

Led by McCullum, Kolkata Knight Riders racked up 3/222 in their twenty overs, and Bangalore’s reply started to go downhill as pace sensation Ishant Sharma took the wicket of Bangalore captain Rahul Dravid with his first ball. Earlier, Dravid had surprisingly opted to field after winning the toss. The Royal Challengers sunk to 4/24 before their two most aggressive batsmen, White and Boucher were together at the crease. Neither could live up to their big hitting reputation as Bangalore stuttered to 82 all out, with all rounder Praveen Kumar the top scorer with 18.

Kolkata Knight Riders 3/222
Brendon McCullum 158* (73)

Bangalore Royal Challengers 82
Ajit Agarkar 3/25

Player of the Match: Brendon McCullum

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