Delhi Updated Apr 09, 2018
Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was at his usual form flaunting the Royal Challengers Bangalore colour in the second fixture of Sunday in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018. Opening the batting for RCB, McCullum struck 43 runs off just 27 balls, garlanded with six boundaries and two sixes.
En route, ‘Baz’ became the second batsmen after West Indian Chris Gayle to reach 9000 runs in T20. Coming out to bat, the Kiwi maverick took apart the KKR bowling in the initial stage to give a befitting start to RCB’s innings in front of the searing Eden Gardens crowd. It was sort of a homecoming for the former KKR player and he did not disappoint to entertain.
Getting to bat first, the visitors posted a challenging total of 176 in 20 overs losing 7 wickets. While the other opener Quinton de Kock flopped big time as he departed for a paltry 4 in the second over itself. He was sent back by KKR veteran Piyush Chawla.
The skipper then joined McCullum and supported him well as they took the innings further. While McCullum was dispatching the bowlers everywhere around the ground, Kohli supported him well with a cautious inning. Sunil Narine then foxed McCullum to bowl him out and the Kiwi missed out on a deserving fifty.
McCullum was not the only one to miss out on a fifty. Mr 360 Degree, ABD too missed out on a fifty as he set the packed ground on fire with his quickfire 23-ball 44. He pummeled five sixes and two boundaries en route his rampaging innings which helped RCB race towards a daunting total. Kohli on the other end looked calmer as he build his innings taking his time. He stroked a 33-ball 31 with the help of 1 four and one six.
Nitish Rana emerged as the unlikely hero for KKR as he sent back ABD and Kohli in successive deliveries in his first over. While AB de Villiers got a top edge looking for a slog shot, Kohli was stunned as his wickets were castled by Rana. With Mandeep Singh’s cameo off 37 from 18 balls, RCB stretched their innings to a challenging one, which was looking a daunting one at one time.
The KKR bowlers did well to restrict the carnage as Vinay Kumar picked two wickets in the last over. Nitish Rana scalped the big fishes to return with two wickets as well. Chawla, Narine and Mitchell Johnson shared one wicket apiece. ( Times Now )