1.1 and what a start for him! Full on the mark, Dravid heaves at it and misses and the ball hits the base of middle and off, handing Kolkata and excellent beginning 4/1
    5.2 edged and taken! Dinda strikes again, getting Jaffer chasing another wide one only to hand first slip a neat catch 24/4
    2.2 drags it on! Kohli fails on IPL debut, playing a pull from outside off only to chop the ball onto his stumps, and doesn't young Dinda love it? 9/2
    4.5 and he goes next ball, just pulling the ball to mid-on for an easy catch 24/3
    8.6 they're falling like ninepins! White is beaten on the drive, inching forward to try and cream the cover off it but instead gets the thinnest of edges through to Saha, who gleefully accepts 43/7
    7.5 another one bites the dust, as Boucher looks towards midwicket and slogs this one up in the air down towards deep cover-point, where Kartik runs in with his eyes trained on the ball and cups it low in front of him 38/5
    8.2 nothing but slip catching practice! Just comes forward, then opens the face to present Ponting with one into his lap at slip... my old coach from high school used to hand us those kinds of dollies off the face of the bat 38/6
    11.1 Agarkar's golden arm! Noffke clips one off his pads to deep backward square leg, from where Agarkar swoops in and fires in a good, flat throw to Saha, who does the rest 57/8
    not out
    13.1 cleaned up, Zaheer missing the line completely for off stump to be pegged back and Ganguly runs off in celebration and Ponting runs towards him and the two embrace ... now thats a sight, eh? 70/9
    15.1 all over, and what a mismatch! Joshi mistimes a pull to wide long-off and Kolkata win by 140 runs! 82/10
    19 (lb 8, w 11)
    82 all out (15.1 Overs, RR: 5.4)
    Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Rahul Dravid, 1.1 ov), 2-9 (Virat Kohli, 2.2 ov), 3-24 (Jacques Kallis, 4.5 ov), 4-24 (Wasim Jaffer, 5.2 ov), 5-38 (Mark Boucher, 7.5 ov), 6-38 (Balachandra Akhil, 8.2 ov), 7-43 (Cameron White, 8.6 ov), 8-57 (Ashley Noffke, 11.1 ov), 9-70 (Zaheer Khan, 13.1 ov), 10-82 (Sunil Joshi, 15.1 ov)
    AB Dinda30923.0070020
    I Sharma30712.33170010
    AB Agarkar402536.25152140
    SC Ganguly402125.25131110
    LR Shukla1.1012110.2830120

Match Details


Royal Challengers Bangalore , elected to field first

Player Of The Match


Hours of play (local time)

20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.20, Interval 21.20-21.40, Second Session 21.40-23.00

Match days

18 April 2008 - night match (20-over match)

Twenty20 debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee


Kolkata Knight Riders 2, Royal Challengers Bangalore 0

Match Notes

  • The world T20 created

    From international disaster to game-changer, cricket's shortest format has come a long way in the last 13 years

  • High on entertainment

    As a spectacle, Bangalore has laid down the marker for the rest of theleague

  • Where's the anthem?

    The plays of the day from the opening match of the Indian Premier League

  • McCullum's record 158 leads rout

    In what was a brutal one-man assault on the Bangalore Royal Challengers, Brendon McCullum blasted an unbeaten 158 from a mere 73 deliveries

  • Audacious McCullum sets the bar

    Brendon McCullum's unbeaten innings of 158 from 73 balls was not merely the kind of knock we used to think was only played by a wicketkeeper if his name was Adam Gilchrist

RCB 2nd innings Partnerships

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