Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

BB McCullum
158(73) 10x4 - 13x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 15 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
0 16 3 2 1 7 12 21
P Kumar
18(15) 1x4 - 2x6
Control %57%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 12 runs
  • 0x4 - 2x6
0 0 0 1 0 0 12 1

Best performances - Bowlers

AB Agarkar
O4.0
M0
R25
W3
Eco6.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Z Khan
O4.0
M0
R38
W1
Eco9.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

Thats a crushing win in game one of the IPL. Kolkata rode into town and through the night, proving a royal pain for the home side. A great win and Kolkata appear the team to beat. They bat deep, they have an explosive top order, and their bowlers look good too. Shah Rukh Khan is mightily pleased.

This match was over by the time Brendon McCullum thumped Kolkata to 222 for 3. A most spectacular effort from him - 158 not out, the highest score in Twenty20 cricket. No other option for Man of the Match.

Bangalore offered no fight. Only Praveen Kumar made it to double figures. Ajit Agarkar took three wickets. A massive win to kick-start this tournament.

Have the crowd been entertained? Yes. Was the cricket competitive? From one side, yes.

Now for some post-match fluff. Dravid says McCullum's innings was the defining point - duh - and hopes Bangalore can improve in their upcoming fixtures. Ganguly credits some outstanding cricket as key tonight. Says he's never seen such batting on this type of track.

McCullum comes up to collect his award. Is pleased to have made an impression. Loves the excitement so far. Looks forward to more. Doesn't credit any game plan as such. It all just came together, he feels.

So with that game one comes to an end. It was entertaining stuff.

Thats all from us today, but do come back tomorrow, April 19, for two IPL games: Kings XI Punjab v Chennai Super Kings at Mohali (17:00 local, 11:30 GMT) and Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals at Delhi (20:30 local, 15:00 GMT). I'll be bulletining the first and handling ball-by-ball commentary for the second. Do join me.

Until then, this is Jamie Alter signing off on behalf of all of us at Cricinfo. Cheers!

15.1
W
Shukla to Joshi, OUT, all over, and what a mismatch! Joshi mistimes a pull to wide long-off and Kolkata win by 140 runs!

Still a good crowd in the ground, though I suppose the alcohol being served is a big reason.

15.1
1w
Shukla to Joshi, 1 wide, poor ball, very wide outside off stump and another freebie to the total

END OF OVER:
15 | 4 Runs | RCB: 81/9

  • P Kumar18 (15b)
  • SB Joshi3 (5b)
  • I Sharma4-0-9-2
  • SC Ganguly4-0-21-2
14.6
0
Sharma to Kumar, no run, shorter one jags in and he keeps it out towards cover, well bowled
14.5
1
Sharma to Joshi, 1 run, reaches out and clips this one wide of midwicket for more runs
14.4
1lb
Sharma to Kumar, 1 leg bye, slides well down leg stump, Praveen calls for the leg-bye and gets it
14.3
1
Sharma to Joshi, 1 run, full on off stump and he flicks with an inside-edge onto the pads to fine leg

Two slips in place

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

BB McCullum
158(73) 10x4 - 13x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 15 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
0 16 3 2 1 7 12 21
P Kumar
18(15) 1x4 - 2x6
Control %57%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 12 runs
  • 0x4 - 2x6
0 0 0 1 0 0 12 1

Best performances - Bowlers

AB Agarkar
O4.0
M0
R25
W3
Eco6.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Z Khan
O4.0
M0
R38
W1
Eco9.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Indian Premier League

TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
MI14104020.0000.784
RPS1495018.0000.174
SRH1485017.0000.588
KKR1486016.0000.646
KXIP1477014.000-0.013
DD1468012.000-0.508
GL1441008.000-0.400
RCB1431007.000-1.301