END OF OVER:
16 | 1 Run 1 Wkt | RCB: 82/10 (141 runs required from 29 balls, RR: 5.40, RRR: 29.17)

  • Praveen Kumar18 (15b)
  • Laxmi Shukla1.1-0-12-1
  • Ishant Sharma4-0-9-2

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!

SB Joshi c McCullum b Shukla 3 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

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RCB 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st4R DravidW Jaffer
2nd5W JafferV Kohli
3rd15JH KallisW Jaffer
4th0W JafferCL White
5th14MV BoucherCL White
6th0B AkhilCL White
7th5AA NoffkeCL White
8th14AA NoffkeP Kumar
9th13Z KhanP Kumar
10th12SB JoshiP Kumar

Indian Premier League

TeamMWLPTNRR
RR14113220.632
KXIP14104200.509
CSK148616-0.192
DC1476150.342
MI1477140.57
KKR146713-0.147
RCB144108-1.16
DC142124-0.467