McCullum's 78-ball 158*knock was studded with nine hits to fence and as many as 14 sixes. It is a shame that this knock of McCullum despite being the highest in ultra-abridged version of the sport will not find space in record books as this event isn't recognised. Bangalore's Cameron White holds the record for highest first class T20 score with 141 in the English League.
Challengers bowlers cut a sorry picture as McCullum attacked 'em from the word go.
The only consolation B'lore skipper Dravid had was winning the toss and then on it was McCullum all the way. Riders having asked to take guard first got off to a flier. The Kiwi gloveman belted Zaheer for 20 runs in his first over that set the tone of the innings. The duo added 60 runs in five overs and it is needless to say the chubby Kiwi scored the bulk.
Comeback man Zaheer drew the first blood for Challengers inducing Ganguly to top-edge the pull and Kallis held on to the skier.
The next man in Ponting (20) joined McCullum and the Trans-Tasman pair shared a brisk 52-run stand in just under six overs. Ponting looked in good touch pulling Kallis front foot for a max and followed it with a flick to fine-leg boundary. However Kallis had the last laugh when the Aussie skipper hoisted a good length ball staright in to the safe hands of Praveen at long-off.
David Hussey (12) came and went in whimper. McCullum undeterred by the fall of the wickets batted in the final overs in the same vain as he did in the initial overs. He struck as many as ten sixes in the last five overs as Kolkata Riders posted a massive 222.
The Challengers' batters have a huge task cut out at their home ground. They have to come up with big heart and a big effort to match it.
Kolkata Knight Riders 222/3 in 20 overs (McCullum 158*, Ponting 20; Zaheer 1 for 38, Noffke 1 for 40) Vs Bangalore Royal Challengers.