April 18, 2008

BB McCullum’s 158runs and Kolkata Knight Riders

The first match of DFL IPL tewnty20 between KKR and RCB was taken place in Bangalore. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s captain Rahul Dravid won the toss and elected to field first with a great confidence. But at the end of 20 over the total confidence on blower has broken.

The opening ceremony was a spectacular affair, but was followed was even more breathtaking, as Brendon McCullum stamped his class in the IPL opener. In what was a brutal one-man assault on the Bangalore Royal Challengers, McCullum blasted an unbeaten 158 from a mere 73 deliveries, the highest score in a Twenty20 match, to propel Kolkata Knight Riders to an imposing 222 for 3.

Although the pitch was fully bowling supported but the Kolkata Knight Riders batsmen dominate the RCB’s blowers and looks them helpless to them. The atmosphere of the stadium was full of joy. The franchise Shah Rukh Khan added extra joyfulness to the audiences who was present in the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.

McCullum allowed himself a breather after that, going 17 deliveries without a boundary, before the floodgates opened again. Sunil Joshi was slog-swept twice - with the bottom hand coming off the bat once - for sixes, before he turned his attention to Cameron White and Jacques Kallis. Line, length, and pace mattered not a jot, as balls disappeared over the ground with amazing frequency When Noffke returned for another spell, McCullum manufactured the stroke of the evening, going down on one knee and scooping the ball over fine leg for six.

The New Zealand Batsman BB McCullum’s 158 runs by 73 balls. To achieve this score BB McCullum hit 10 fours and 13 sixes. Kolkata Knight Riders scored 222runs by 3 wickets.