Bangalore, Apr 18 (UNI)Riding on an all time best score of 158 by New Zealander Brendon McCullum, Kolkata Knight Riders thrashed Bangalore Royal Challengers by a whopping 140-runs in the inaugural Twenty-20 match of the DLF Indian Premier League played at the M Chinnaswamy stadium here today.
After coming under the onslaught of the wicket-keeper batsmen, the local team was never in hunt and clumsily folded-up to a pathetic 82 in 15.1 overs, with tailender Praveenkumar top scoring ahead of his teams 'formidable' batting line up. The medium pacer, who was the most impressive of the Bangalore bowlers, made a heroic 19, while none of the other batsmen could reach a double figure.
This left the much touted inaugural match a mere damp squib.
The Kolkata bowlers struck to the line and never let the Bangalore batsmen who already looked beaten as they faced a daunting task of making 223 in 20 overs.
Backed by a commanding total, Ganguly handed rookie medium pacer Ashok Dinda and the Bengal bowler even took two wickets sending back Jaffer and Virat Kohli. Agarkar was the most impressive of the Kolkata bowlers claiming three wickets for 25 runs off his four overs.
Dravid and Jaffer opened the innings for the Challengers but the skipper was out in the second over beaten by the pace by Kolkata spearhead Ishant Sharma. The lanky speedster beat the former Indian captain with his pace and castled the middle and off stump with the team score on just four.
From then on, wickets fell one after the other with World cup winning Indian under-19 captain Virat Kohli clean bowled by Dinda.
Kallis who showed brief promise too left becoming the first wicket of Agarkar, who later went on to scalp Cameron White (6) and B Akhil (0). Australian skipper Ricky Ponting took two neat catches in the slips to dismiss Jaffer who was the fourth man out and Akhil but dropped a sitter to give Praveenkumar a reprive.
Ganguly too made merry amidst Bangalore's disarray by claiming two wickets dismissing Mark Boucher and Zaheer Khan.
Earlier McCullum sent the Bangalore attack on a leather hunt rattling the rival attack with a barrage of strokes from the word go. His belligerent 158 is the highest score in T20 matches and left behind the previous best of 141 hit by White in English county match.
Deservingly McCullum was declared the man of the match.
(Ed: Pickup suitably from SPM 4).
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