Indian Premier League - 1st match

Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 140 runs

18:31 local Hello and a very warm welcome to Cricinfo's live coverage of the first match of the inaugural Indian Premier League. I'm Jamie Alter in Bangalore, and I'll be here till the end.

But enough about me, lets get this party started. To kick the lucrative Twenty20 tournament off we have the Bangalore Royal Challengers hosting the Kolkata Knight Riders. Two star-studded teams will face off in front of a packed Chinnaswamy Stadium. Its pretty heated out there as Indian domestic cricket steps into a hitherto journey into the unknown. If you've shown even an inkling of interest in the IPL you'll know that the months leading up to this moment have been an excess of hype, fanfare, controversy and anticipation. Its been hard to ignore, no matter what side of the fence you sit on.

There's just so much focus on today's match, and all I can hope for is a good contest. As we await the start of this shindig, feel free to peruse through our preview of tonight's match, and some inside talk from the Bangalore and Kolkata camps.

We're moments away from the start of what promises to be a heady mix of cricket, Hindi film extravaganza and a lil' bit of Americanism in the form of the NFL franchise Washington Redskins' cheer-leading squad. The first two are old bedfellows and the third ... well, lets just say the third is a tempting mistress. There's worldwide television coverage and nobody's questioning the glamour quotient, what with Shah Rukh Khan and a bevy of Bollywood stars turning out tonight. Song and dance aplenty. And all eight IPL franchise captains are in Bangalore to jointly read out a pledge regarding the IPL's faith in the spirit of cricket in. This I want to see.

Stick around for the opening presentation. Loud cheers as musical trio Shankar-Ehsan-Loy start their opening act. Shankar kicks off the vocals of one of their hits from the soundtrack to Jhoom Barabar Jhoom and the crowd loves it. Lots of noise and cheering for everything Charu Sharma, CEO of the Bangalore franchise, says....and loads of cheering for the first strains of the song. Makes you wonder how many have come to watch cricket, and how many for the spectacle and the celebrity quotient. The fans really are jhoomoing, barabar.

By the way, if you haven't made your Fantasy League teams for the IPL, try giving it a shot here. Its wicked fun, and my money's on Brendon McCullum to smack it around tonight. My trump player for FL.

Its a full house at the Chinnaswamy. More film songs blaring, the crowd is dizzy. Shankar getting the crowd involved, but he needn't bother. They're zapped. Where are those Redskin babes, I want to know.

Speak of the ... here they are. "The cheerleaders of the Royal Challengers!" bellows Charu Sharma above the din. Wonder what the good folks back in Washington have to say about that. There's whistling and catcalling as smoke fills the stage. Vijay Mallya, the liqour baron and owner of the Bangalore franchise, is credited for bringing the cheer-leaders down to India. Well, he isn't the 'King of Good Times' for nothing.

18:50 local False alarm. No Washington girls yet. They're keeping us waiting. Some models in white, and oddly on stilts, waltz through the haze to the tunes of some violins. There's some flags and guys in green - sort of like grasshoppers - and purple and white twirling sticks. More like the opening of the Olympics.

19:02 local A laser show. And a white lady belting out a cross between Celine Dion and Maria Carey. Crowd's gone a bit dull. More funky moves on stilts, and a dude swinging down on a harness. Aha, fireworks! That gets a the crowd grooving. Violin makes way for synthesizers and techno rifts. Whew.

Here come the eight captains. Where are the cheer-leaders? Now the lights have turned blue ... wait, now orange ... its all a bit psychedelic ... S Rajesh, our resident stats guru, walks by and chirps in with "in the land of item numbers, how can there not be one yet?" I think its all like 'Night of the Living Royally Challenged' - on crack.

A dapper Ravi Shastri gets handed the microphone. Some cheers as he announces the captains. "Is the pledge the item number?", asks Sajan, who'll be scoring this game, out loud.

A furious din as Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, rival captains for this match, walk onto the stage. Shastri pumps it up as Mahendra Singh Dhoni's name is announced and does the crowd love it or what? Next is VVS Laxman and he duly gets a raucous roar. Shastri is really bellowing now. He might bust a blood vessel or nine. A clap of thunderous applause for Shane Warne. You thought that was loud? Listen to what erupts when Virender Sehwag walks on. Yuvraj Singh is next on the list and ouch, thats some response. Last but not least, Sachin Tendulkar gets the loudest cheer of all. Expected, even if this is Dravid's home town. All eight captains are assembled on stage. Some sight, this. "Saaaaaaachin, Saaaaaaachin!" grows the chant around the ground.

And I've just spotted the cheer-leaders!

19:18 local Sunil Gavaskar comes and goes, with a few words about the ICC and the spirit of cricket, and Shastri invites the captains to come and put their John Hancocks on a large board which is The Pledge. So they've basically ensured to play and captain under the MCC's Spirit of Cricket. Hoo hoo. Warne is the only non-Indian captain up there.

Whats this? Boos for Sharad Pawar, president of the BCCI? He's basically stating what everyone knows, that this is a 59-match, 44-day tournament. Next to step up is Ray Mali, the ICC president, with some words of wisdom. Not sure if the crowd understands all of what he's saying, but they clap. And now its the head honcho, Lalit Modi, pledging some exciting cricket that India has never seen. He welcomes all the overseas players to the country. "I have long held a dream ... that we should see a franchise-based cricket league in India ..." says Modi.

"A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new; when an age ends; and when the soul of a nation long suppressed finds utterance. " Nehru said in 1947...Modi clearly thinks this is one of those. Now he too gets booed, and hastily declares the IPL officially open.

I'm already spent, and we haven't had a ball bowled. The toss will happen shortly ...

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19:37 local Time for the toss... Shastri is there with the captains, so is Javagal Srinath. Dravid calls heads, wins, and decides to field. Its a warm even so lets see what happens. It looks a decent batting strip. Ganguly says he would've batted. I'll give you word on the XIs as soon as I get them.

Getting back to those cheer-leaders, let me tell you that they did not disappoint. As a colleague put it ... "They were a bit of all right!!" So take that as umm ... pretty good. Good job, Mr Mallya.

A lot of you are emailing in asking why we have no pictures of the events. Sadly, Cricinfo and other cricket websites have been blocked access to any pictures by the IPL.

Here are the teams, in no particular order: Kolkata: Sourav Ganguly (capt), Ajit Agarkar, Debabrata Das, David Hussey, Murali Kartik, Brendon McCullum (wk), Mohammad Hafeez, Ricky Ponting, Wriddhiman Saha, Ishant Sharma, Laxmi Ratan Shukla.

Bangalore: Rahul Dravid (capt), Balachandra Akhil, Mark Boucher (wk), Wasim Jaffer, Sunil Joshi , Jacques Kallis, Zaheer Khan, Virat Kohli, Praveen Kumar, Ashley Noffke, Cameron White.

Do stick around for the start, in less than ten minutes.

19:55 local The umpires, Rudi Koertzen and Asad Rauf, make their way out. There's two dudes in cricket attire walking on stilts, with a Tiger mascot, also around. Ganguly on strike. McCullum at the other end. Praveen Kumar will open the bowling. And with that we step into a new era ...

0.1

Kumar to Ganguly, 1 leg bye, and thats runs immediately, as Praveen strays onto the pads and Ganguly scampers a leg-bye at McCullum's call ... he wanted to get on strike!

0.2

Kumar to McCullum, no run, this one nips back in off the pitch very sharply, McCullum is cramped for room as he cuts and misses ... Ganguly walks down and has a word with him

Tons of emails asking where to watch this ... not sure about various countries but try http://www.setanta.com/en/UK/ to view it online, on a pay-per-view basis.

0.3

Kumar to McCullum, 1 wide, thats wide, as Praveen bowls one down the legs

0.3

Kumar to McCullum, no run, too straight, McCullum drives hard to midwicket, who is sharp

0.4

Kumar to McCullum, no run, steps down the track and Praveen hold back the length, at a good pace, and McCullum opts to shoulder arms

0.5

Kumar to McCullum, no run, good bowling, nice and tight and McCullum, again cramped for room, tries to hit over the in-field but the ball follows him and he plays an ugly shot to midwicket

0.6

Kumar to McCullum, 1 leg bye, shorter one slides down McCullum's pads and he goes for the pull, mistiming the shot past square leg and leg-byes are signalled

So that was the first over of the IPL. No runs off the bat yet.

End of over 1 (3 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
BB McCullum    0* (5b)      P Kumar    1-0-1-0
SC Ganguly    0* (1b)     

Now its Zaheer Khan to share the ball.

1.1

Khan to McCullum, no run, shuffles around in his crease, Zaheer bowls it short and wide and McCullum misses out on the cut shot

There's a loud din around the ground

1.2

Khan to McCullum, FOUR, bang, thats four! McCullum gets it in his area and though it comes in he gives it a nice thump over midwicket for the first boundary in IPL

1.3

Khan to McCullum, FOUR, shot, man! Zaheer drops short and McCullum, in a flash, pulls over midwicket

Zaheer comes around the stumps

1.4

Khan to McCullum, SIX, the first six! Zaheer has McCullum in a tangle as he looks to go one way but ends up hitting it another, he walks down and tries to work it to leg but ends up with a thick outside-edge that flies over and over third man! Wow!

1.5

Khan to McCullum, FOUR, too full on the pads and he sweetly clips that over square leg

1.6

Khan to McCullum, no run, better ball to end an expensive over, back of a length on off stump and McCullum taps it back to Zaheer

End of over 2 (18 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 21/0 (RR: 10.50)
BB McCullum    18* (11b 3x4 1x6)      Z Khan    1-0-18-0
SC Ganguly    0* (1b)      P Kumar    1-0-1-0

Can Praveen rein in McCullum? Zaheer was simply pasted.

2.1

Kumar to Ganguly, no run, good length ball outside off stump and he plays it to point

2.2

Kumar to Ganguly, no run, short of a length and Ganguly steers it to backward point

Two dot balls ... top stuff from Praveen

2.3

Kumar to Ganguly, 1 leg bye, steps across his stumps and heaves it to leg, mistimes if off the pads, Praveen appeals but that struck Ganguly outside the line, McCullum wants one and they run furiously ... a good throw from Jaffer just misses the stumps

2.4

Kumar to McCullum, FOUR, doesn't time it well but gets four, pulling from outside off stump, with a thick inside-edge, and it flies past the man at midwicket ... he has such power, McCullum

2.5

Kumar to McCullum, 1 run, nips in into him off a short length and he tucks it to deep backward square leg for one

McCullum has raced away and Ganguly has yet to score

Praveen changes angles

2.6

Kumar to Ganguly, no run, bowls it full on off stump, Ganguly gets an inside-edge to midwicket

End of over 3 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 27/0 (RR: 9.00)
SC Ganguly    0* (5b)      P Kumar    2-0-6-0
BB McCullum    23* (13b 4x4 1x6)      Z Khan    1-0-18-0

Right, back to McCullum. Ashley Noffke replaces Zaheer.

3.1

Noffke to McCullum, 5 wides, terrible start, miles down leg stump and the wicketkeeper cant stop it

3.1

Noffke to McCullum, SIX, oh thats hit hard! Noffke again strays down leg stump and McCullum connects with a rocket of a pull shot, very fine past square leg, for a flat six

3.2

Noffke to McCullum, 1 leg bye, a close shout, as McCullum tries to flick but misses, looks like it was marginally outside the line

3.3

Noffke to Ganguly, FOUR, and he gets a life! Ganguly tries to pull a short one but gets into a total mess, the ball goes up in the air for an eternity and lands down near fine leg, where the fielder runs in and fails to get there

3.4

Noffke to Ganguly, no run, swing and a miss! Comes dancing down but doesn't connect at all

3.5

Noffke to Ganguly, 1 run, full on the off stump, pushed to covers and he sprints one

3.6

Noffke to McCullum, SIX, oh he has literally smoked the pants off that one! Huge hit! McCullum makes room and drives Noffke over extra cover

That was a 23-run over. Welcome to IPL, Mr Noffke. And the 50-run stand is up.

End of over 4 (23 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 50/0 (RR: 12.50)
BB McCullum    35* (16b 4x4 3x6)      AA Noffke    1-0-22-0
SC Ganguly    5* (8b 1x4)      P Kumar    2-0-6-0

4.1

Kumar to Ganguly, FOUR, now Ganguly gets four, pulling from outside off stump over midwicket

4.2

Kumar to Ganguly, 1 run, too full on the pads and he drives past midwicket for a single

4.3

Kumar to McCullum, FOUR, full on off stump, driven to cover, where B Akhil lets it through his legs, much to Praveen's anger ... that was an elementary error

4.4

Kumar to McCullum, no run, full again and he goes for a booming drive, getting an inside-edge that just evades leg stump, Praveen runs in to field

4.5

Kumar to McCullum, 1 run, slower ball, very well bowled, McCullum flashes hard and get a thick edge past the vacant slip region, third man does the fielding

4.6

Kumar to Ganguly, no run, comes down the track, Praveen sees him coming and keeps it full and Ganguly mistimes his attempted flick

For viewers in Pakistan, you can watch the action on Geo TV.

End of over 5 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 60/0 (RR: 12.00)
SC Ganguly    10* (11b 2x4)      P Kumar    3-0-16-0
BB McCullum    40* (19b 5x4 3x6)      AA Noffke    1-0-22-0

Noffke gets replaced after a horror start. Zaheer comes back on. McCullum to face.

5.1

Khan to McCullum, 1 run, short of a length outside leg, McCullum tucks it to square leg

You can also see it on willow.tv, I'm told. Kallis comes into a wide slip.

5.2

Khan to Ganguly, OUT, edged and gone! Zaheer gets the breakthrough after a poor first over, pitching on a good length and drawing a loose drive from Ganguly, and the thick outside-edge is snapped up by Kallis at a wide lone slip, above his head .. a very sharp take

SC Ganguly c Kallis b Khan 10 (12b 2x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

Cheers as Ricky Ponting walks out. Imagine him and McCullum going hammer and tongs.

5.3

Khan to Ponting, no run, back of a length, pushed across Ponting, who leaves it be

5.4

Khan to Ponting, no run, presses forward and gets surprised by extra bounce, he does well to get his right hand off the bat handle, there's something in this track

5.5

Khan to Ponting, no run, now he heaves off the front foot but doesn't connect at all

5.6

Khan to Ponting, no run, slower ball, slanted across on a good length and he shoulders arms

A far better over from Zaheer on comeback. Ganguly is gone but Kolkata are sailing.

End of over 6 (1 run) Kolkata Knight Riders 61/1 (RR: 10.16)
RT Ponting    0* (4b)      Z Khan    2-0-19-1
BB McCullum    41* (20b 5x4 3x6)      P Kumar    3-0-16-0

Noffke continues

6.1

Noffke to McCullum, 1 run, pushed off the front foot past point for an easy single

6.2

Noffke to Ponting, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Ponting pushes forward and then back, running it down to third man for another single

6.3

Noffke to McCullum, 1 run, that a full toss that McCullum doesn't put away, drives into the covers

6.4

Noffke to Ponting, 2 runs, full on leg stump, Ponting clips that trademark shot and thinks its four but out of the haze comes old Sunil Joshi, sprinting and stopping it with one foot on the ropes, a great effort and Dravid applauds

6.5

Noffke to Ponting, 1 run, holds back the length and Ponting defends towards point

6.6

Noffke to McCullum, 1 run, full this time and McCullum digs it down to long-off for one

Better effort from Noffke too now.

End of over 7 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 68/1 (RR: 9.71)
BB McCullum    44* (23b 5x4 3x6)      AA Noffke    2-0-29-0
RT Ponting    4* (7b)      Z Khan    2-0-19-1

7.1

Khan to McCullum, no run, change of pace, back of a length and it foxes McCullum, who tries to work it towards mid-on but gets beaten

Sean Chapman, on email, tells me that in the USA the games are available on DirecTV for $59 for all games.

7.2

Khan to McCullum, 1 run, strays onto the pads and McCullum turns it past midwicket

7.3

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, another slower ball outside off and Ponting goes for the cut, inside-edging to point

Loud cheers as the cameras pan to Shah Rukh Khan and posse.

7.4

Khan to McCullum, 1 run, fuller in length, driven down to Jaffer at long-off for one

7.5

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, thats a good length and Ponting pushes off the front foot to point, McCullum harries down and urges the sharp single

7.6

Khan to McCullum, 1 run, full outside off stump and McCullum drives down to mid-off

End of over 8 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 73/1 (RR: 9.12)
BB McCullum    47* (27b 5x4 3x6)      Z Khan    3-0-24-1
RT Ponting    6* (9b)      AA Noffke    2-0-29-0

McCullum has been kept quiet. Good bowling from Bangalore. Jacques Kallis to bowl.

8.1

Kallis to McCullum, no run, walks outside his crease, misses the ball and gets struck outside the line of impact, Kallis half-appeals but the umpire is not interested

8.2

Kallis to McCullum, no run, thats wider, McCullum flashes, and connects with hot air

8.3

Kallis to McCullum, no run, gets onto the front foot and drives to point, where young Kohli fields

8.4

Kallis to McCullum, 1 run, slower ball comes into him and he adjusts, pushing to midwicket

8.5

Kallis to Ponting, 1 run, tight stuff, Kallis just rolling his fingers over the cutter and Ponting pushes towards Kohli at backward point for one

8.6

Kallis to McCullum, 2 runs, slants into him and he tucks it off the pads to backward square leg

Thats his fifty on IPL debut. Great innings. Crowd loves it.

End of over 9 (4 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 77/1 (RR: 8.55)
BB McCullum    50* (32b 5x4 3x6)      JH Kallis    1-0-4-0
RT Ponting    7* (10b)      Z Khan    3-0-24-1

Harsh Pandey says its also available on Dish Network on Channel 457 and 472 in USA for $59. Time for spin as Dravid brings on Joshi. Left-arm around the stumps.

9.1

Joshi to Ponting, 1 run, some good turn, spins away and draws a leading-edge to cover

9.2

Joshi to McCullum, 1 run, too straight and flat and he turns it past square leg

9.3

Joshi to Ponting, 1 run, fired on leg again and thats more runs past square leg

9.4

Joshi to McCullum, no run, bit of flight there, dipping nicely and McCullum punches to cover

9.5

Joshi to McCullum, SIX, snuff is snuff, says McCullum, who sizes up Joshi and slog-sweeps over deep midwicket for maximum

9.6

Joshi to McCullum, 1 run, goes for an encore but finds the fielder in the deep, on the bounce

End of over 10 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 87/1 (RR: 8.70)
BB McCullum    58* (36b 5x4 4x6)      SB Joshi    1-0-10-0
RT Ponting    9* (12b)      JH Kallis    1-0-4-0

The crowd has been given solid entertainment for their money.

10.1

Kallis to McCullum, 1 run, gets across and works it across the line to deep midwicket, Ponting wants two but gets sent back diving to his crease as Joshi returns a flat throw from the deep

10.2

Kallis to Ponting, FOUR, unlucky for Kallis! Ponting eyes Bangalore's MG Road and heaves across the line, the thick edge flies down to third man

10.3

Kallis to Ponting, no run, skips down the pitch, Kallis holds back the length, and he clips to midwicket

10.4

Kallis to Ponting, SIX, good grief, another leading-edged six! Kallis drops short, Ponting pulls loosely and fine leg looks on as the ball sails over his head .. they've brought the ropes in, methinks

10.5

Kallis to Ponting, no run, fuller ball outside off and he drives it straight to cover

10.6

Kallis to Ponting, 4 byes, thats byes, as Ponting walks down, misses, and Boucher fails to stop

That raises the 100 on the board too.

End of over 11 (15 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 102/1 (RR: 9.27)
RT Ponting    19* (17b 1x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    2-0-15-0
BB McCullum    59* (37b 5x4 4x6)      SB Joshi    1-0-10-0

11.1

Joshi to McCullum, no run, oh thats close! McCullum kneels down and slogs and the ball misses the stumps by a whisker

11.2

Joshi to McCullum, SIX, woof! Thats clubbed, another mighty swing, after he dances down, for a one-handed six over wide long-on

11.3

Joshi to McCullum, 2 runs, bowls it flat on leg, McCullum shuffles and clips to fine leg

11.4

Joshi to McCullum, 1 run, fuller, flatter, and he gets an inside-edge past midwicket

11.5

Joshi to Ponting, no run, uses his feet, Joshi beats him in the air and collects the ball

11.6

Joshi to Ponting, 1 run, reaches out and paddles it past square leg out to the sweeper

End of over 12 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 112/1 (RR: 9.33)
RT Ponting    20* (19b 1x4 1x6)      SB Joshi    2-0-20-0
BB McCullum    68* (41b 5x4 5x6)      JH Kallis    2-0-15-0

This is a healthy strike rate for Kolkata.

12.1

Kallis to Ponting, OUT, gone! Ponting tries to go downtown, but instead mistimes it up into the starry night and Praveen sits under it at mid-off to send him on his way

RT Ponting c Kumar b Kallis 20 (20b 1x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

McCullum back on strike. Here comes David Hussey at the nonstriker's end.

12.2

Kallis to McCullum, FOUR, slower delivery down leg, McCullum shuffles and turns it superbly down to fine leg, past the fielder, for four more

12.3

Kallis to McCullum, no run, better ball, holding back the length and getting him pushing to point

12.4

Kallis to McCullum, 2 runs, flashed, and well fielded! McCullum gives Kallis the kitchen sink but Kohli dives excellently to his right at point to take pace off the ball and keep him to two

12.5

Kallis to McCullum, 1 wide, errs in line, too far down leg, McCullum misses the pull shot

12.5

Kallis to McCullum, FOUR, he's enjoying this, just shuffling around his crease to get Kallis dropping short down leg stump and the ball is escorted to deep backward square

12.6

Kallis to McCullum, 1 run, full and flat outside off, he reaches out and slaps out to deep cover

End of over 13 (12 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 124/2 (RR: 9.53)
BB McCullum    79* (46b 7x4 5x6)      JH Kallis    3-0-27-1
DJ Hussey    0* (0b)      SB Joshi    2-0-20-0

13.1

Joshi to McCullum, 1 run, good length on off stump, he pushes to cover for one

13.2

Joshi to Hussey, no run, good flight, spins away and Hussey punches to cover

13.3

Joshi to Hussey, 1 run, and he's off the mark with a drive down to long-off, using his feet

13.4

Joshi to McCullum, 1 run, well bowled by Joshi, firing it into the blockhole, just one to mid-off

13.5

Joshi to Hussey, 1 run, flights it up and Hussey comfortably drives down to long-off again

13.6

Joshi to McCullum, 2 runs, gets down and heaves past square leg again, timing it terribly, but the fast outfield speeds it out to the deep and a superb dive from Praveen on the ropes saves two ... its referred for a while and the verdict is that its safe

End of over 14 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 130/2 (RR: 9.28)
BB McCullum    83* (49b 7x4 5x6)      SB Joshi    3-0-26-0
DJ Hussey    2* (3b)      JH Kallis    3-0-27-1

Here's Cameron White

14.1

White to Hussey, FOUR, thats a seam-up delivery down leg and his Victorian team-mate helps it along its way down to fine leg, poor start

14.2

White to Hussey, 1 run, better delivery, Hussey punches to mid-on for a single

14.3

White to McCullum, SIX, thats outta here! McCullum skips down, giving himself room, and slams him over deep midwicket for another dinger

14.4

White to McCullum, FOUR, and again, skips down and hammers this down to long-off

14.5

White to McCullum, 2 wides, this one slants well down leg stump and Boucher fumbles

14.5

White to Hussey, 1 run, tighter delivery, Hussey farms the strike over with a push to midwicket

14.6

White to McCullum, SIX, nervous 90s, whats that? McCullum pulls this one miles over midwicket

He's on 99 on IPL debut. Yowza. At some strike-rate. Legend.

End of over 15 (24 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 154/2 (RR: 10.26)
BB McCullum    99* (52b 8x4 7x6)      CL White    1-0-24-0
DJ Hussey    8* (6b 1x4)      SB Joshi    3-0-26-0

15.1

Noffke to Hussey, no run, slower ball goes past his outside-edge as he skips down and misses

15.2

Noffke to Hussey, 1 run, full on the stumps, he on-drives down the ground for one

McCullum on strike ... on 99 ... what cheer for him

15.3

Noffke to McCullum, 2 runs, and there it is! The first hundred of the IPL and a fabulous innings from McCullum! He drives the full delivery into the covers and celebrates, and what a cheer from the ground, and Shah Rukh Khan

15.4

Noffke to McCullum, no run, swing and a miss to a shorter one outside off stump

15.5

Noffke to McCullum, 1 run, fired in full, he backs away and drives to mid-off for a single

This is truly an excellent innings from a pure entertainer

15.6

Noffke to Hussey, no run, full on the stumps, he exposes them all and steers to backward point

End of over 16 (4 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 158/2 (RR: 9.87)
DJ Hussey    9* (9b 1x4)      AA Noffke    3-0-33-0
BB McCullum    102* (55b 8x4 7x6)      CL White    1-0-24-0

Dravid calls back Zaheer. McCullum on 102 from 55 balls.

16.1

Khan to McCullum, 1 run, walks across and clips the full one out to deep midwicket

16.2

Khan to Hussey, 2 runs, makes room and drives inside-out over extra cover, the ball lands safely and Praveen pulls off another top-class effort, reaching out with his left-hand and denying Hussey a four

16.3

Khan to Hussey, 1 run, exposes the stumps and again and just gets bat on it, driving to cover

16.4

Khan to McCullum, SIX, friends, we are watching a Twenty20 genius at work! Thats a paddle from off and middle down to fine leg for a six! Just over the ropes and now Shah Rukh Khan is dancing

16.5

Khan to McCullum, 2 runs, gets forward and drives a couple out to deep cover

16.6

Khan to McCullum, 2 runs, holds back the length, McCullum opens the face and runs to third man

End of over 17 (14 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 172/2 (RR: 10.11)
BB McCullum    113* (59b 8x4 8x6)      Z Khan    4-0-38-1
DJ Hussey    12* (11b 1x4)      AA Noffke    3-0-33-0

Three overs to go. Kolkata are on a roll. Noffke continues.

17.1

Noffke to Hussey, OUT, and he strikes! Hussey goes for a big hit, slashing the ball up in the air and the spiraling top-edge is well held by White, running backward from point

DJ Hussey c White b Noffke 12 (12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Mohammad Hafeez is the new batsman. Not on strike yet.

17.2

Noffke to McCullum, 1 run, low full toss is driven to mid-off for a single

17.3

Noffke to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, nips back in off a length and Hafeez hops, playing it back to Noffke

17.4

Noffke to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, biffed down over McCullum's head, not timed but its a run

17.5

Noffke to McCullum, FOUR, insane! McCullum gets cheeky, walking across in another attempt to paddle it down to fine leg but gets inside the line and top-edges over Boucher

17.6

Noffke to McCullum, 1 run, full and he drives into the covers to keep hold of the strike

End of over 18 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 179/3 (RR: 9.94)
BB McCullum    119* (62b 9x4 8x6)      AA Noffke    4-0-40-1
Mohammad Hafeez    1* (2b)      Z Khan    4-0-38-1

Twelve balls left. McCullum on strike. He's rocked the Chinnaswamy tonight.

18.1

Kallis to McCullum, SIX, he is not done! Kallis bowls a full toss and McCullum pulls over mid-on for another flat, flat six ... this is the second-highest Twenty20 score ever

18.2

Kallis to McCullum, no run, misses out on this one, swinging wildly

18.3

Kallis to McCullum, SIX, he's hit that one to Mysore! Incredible! Walks down and tonks this over long-on for six and the crowd goes berzerk

18.4

Kallis to McCullum, FOUR, flashes at this, losing a hand off the bat, but Noffke misfields on the rope

18.5

Kallis to McCullum, 1 run, full on the stumps and he pushes to mid-on

18.6

Kallis to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, now Hafeez gets going, paddling the last ball into the gap

McCullum will have strike for the last over.

End of over 19 (21 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 200/3 (RR: 10.52)
Mohammad Hafeez    5* (3b 1x4)      JH Kallis    4-0-48-1
BB McCullum    136* (67b 10x4 10x6)      AA Noffke    4-0-40-1

Praveen will bowl.

19.1

Kumar to McCullum, SIX, going, going, gone! McCullum pulls a full toss over midwicket

This is the highest score in any form of Twenty20. Take a bow, Brendon McCullum.

19.2

Kumar to McCullum, SIX, and thats lucky Number 13! Another pull for six, thats sailing away

19.3

Kumar to McCullum, 2 runs, full on the stumps, he walks across and clips two to get to 150 ... legend!

19.4

Kumar to McCullum, no run, slower ball just outside off, he misses and its a dot ball

19.5

Kumar to McCullum, 2 runs, full in the zone, he drives past mid-on for two more, excellent running

Last ball ... what can he do?

19.6

Kumar to McCullum, SIX, he has done it with a six! McCullum, you beauty! Just picks that off the pads for his 14th six, this one over wide long-on, to finish on 158 not-out ... Kolkata post a massive 22 for 3 to boot .. McCullum remains there all innings

That was as fine an innings you will ever see, believe me. He teed off and never looked back. The crowd is delirious, never mind that their home side has been pasted. A fatigued McCullum says he's knackered and had a hard time hearing with the din. He's sheepishly "ecstatic" to get past 150 on IPL debut.

A record innings. All bowlers pounded. Entertainment for money. Brendon McCullum. Bangalore have their work cut out. Don't go anywhere because we'll be back for the second innings shortly.

End of over 20 (22 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 222/3
BB McCullum    158* (73b 10x4 13x6)      P Kumar    4-0-38-0
Mohammad Hafeez    5* (3b 1x4)      JH Kallis    4-0-48-1
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