Riders batting first posted a massive 222/3, thanks to brutal 73-ball 158* knock from Kiwi McCullum. In reply Challengers collapsed for measly 82 all out in 15.1 overs.
The Challengers, without the services of ace bowlers Kumble and Steyn, cut a sorry picture before a packed house on their home ground. Bowlers went for plenty. Batsman had no stomach to take the attack into rival camp.
Riders pacers bowled imposed themselves on Challengers' batters, who had a huge task cut out, after that incredible innings from McCullum. Agarkar returned with 3/25 in his four overs while Ashok Dinda and Ganguly plucked two wickets each. But it was Ishant, who started the rot packing off B'lore skipper Dravid (0) in the very first over. The lanky pacer bowled an economical spell conceding just seven runs in three overs.
However it was Kiwi wicketkeeper-batsman, who attacked from the word go and continued doing it till the last ball of the Riders' innings, wrested the match away from the opponents. He hit nine boundaries 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 wasn't recognised. Bangalore's Cameron White holds the record for highest first class T20 score with 141 in the English League.
Challengers chasing a daunting target, wilted under pressure and eventually surrendering meakly in the end. Only Praveen (18*) batting at No. 9 reached the double-figure mark is enough to enlighten you about the way the Challengers batted.
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 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 came and went in whimper. McCullum undeterred by the fall of these 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.