April 18, 2008- Brendon McCullum 158* brings Royal Challengers Bangalore to their knees in IPL opener

first_imgNine years ago on this day, Brendon McCullum played one of the most destructive knocks of Twenty20 cricket when he blasted his way to an unbeaten 158 off just 73 balls to give Indian Premier League a rollicking start.It was the first-ever match of the much-awaited Twenty20 league in India and McCullum came out all guns blazing to give a perfect start to the cash-rich league at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Sourav Ganguly and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Rahul Dravid were pitted against each other. Dravid asked Ganguly’s KKR to bat first after winning the toss.The passionate Kolkata crowd was chanting the name of Ganguly but McCullum stole the show with his blitzkrieg. He was just unstoppable that night, hitting 10 fours and sending the ball out of the park 13 times in his blistering knock to remain not out on 158 off only 73 balls.He held the record for highest score until Chris Gayle struck 175 not out off 66 balls for RCB against the now-defunct Pune Warriors in 2013.RCB bowling attack boasted the likes of Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar and Jacques Kallis — all three at their peaks that time — but McCullum made a mockery of them at the Mecca of Cricket in India.After the end of KKR innings, the RCB bowling card looked like this: BOWLER OVERS RUNS WICKETS ECONOMY Praveen Kumar 4 38 0 9.50 Zaheer Khan 4 38 1 9.50 Ashley Noffke 4 40 1 10.00 Jacques Kallis 4 48 1 12.00 Sunil Joshi 3 26 0 8.66 Cameron White 1 24 0 24.00The former New Zealand captain shared three fifty-run plus stands and interestingly all of them were dominated by McCullum as KKR reached 222 for three in their 20 overs.advertisementPARTNERSHIPS:1st wicket – Ganguly, who opened the innings with McCullum, scored 10 off 12 balls but was part of the 61-run partnership.2nd wicket – Ricky Ponting then joined forces with McCullum and hit a four and six in his run-a-ball 20. The duo put on 51 runs for the second wicket.3rd wicket – David Hussey too scored run-a-ball 12 but the pair added 60 runs in five overs before the Australian perished.The impact of McCullum’s thunder was such that RCB’s innings never took off and only No.9 batsman Praveen Kumar was able to reach the double figures (18 not out) as the Dravid-led side was bundled out for 82, succumbing to a 140-run defeat.The IPL has come a long way in their 10 seasons so far. It has seen 28 centurions hitting 43 hundreds. Gayle holds the record for the highest individual score of 175 not out and also has most number of centuries (5) in the tournament.Coincidentally, McCullum in all likelihood will bat  tonight against RCB but in Gujarat Lions jersey when the two sides face-off at the Saurashstra Cricket Stadium in Rajkot. The 35-year-old has hit the top form with a brutal 64 off 44 against Mumbai Indians on Sunday but will history repeat itself?ALSO WATCH:last_img

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