IPL: The begining

The Indian Premier League, with its potential to transform world cricket, began on Friday with a spectacular floodlit match in Bangalore. The sell-out crowd of 55,000 was treated to a remarkable innings from New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum. Playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders, part-owned by Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan, he hit 158 not out in a match easily won by his side.

The cricket was preceded by a lavish opening ceremony at the ground. Acrobats, singers and cheerleaders from the Washington Redskins performed to a backdrop of some impressive fireworks. But the home team, the Bangalore Royal Challengers were soundly beaten by 140 runs, and there was one other sour note.

The McCullum Punch

McCullum provides fireworks to give IPL the perfect start

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