Kolkata ride McCullum wave
Brendon McCullum got the Indian Premier League off to a dream start, smashing the highest ever individual score in Twenty20 history as the Kolkata Knight Riders posted 222 for three.
Opening the innings alongside skipper Sourav Ganguly, New Zealand international McCullum batted through the innings and hit 158 not out off just 73 deliveries.
It took just four overs for the openers to bring up 50 with McCullum handing out punishment to Zaheer Khan and Ashley Noffke in particular, before Ganguly departed two overs later for just 10 runs from 12 balls.
His departure slowed the run rate in conjunction with the end of the power play overs and the arrival of a cautious Ricky Ponting, and after 10 overs the Knight Riders had an ordinary 87 for one on the board.
However McCullum soon lifted the run rate again, smashing Cameron White for 24 from his only over after Ponting (20 from as many balls) had been caught off the bowling of Jacques Kallis.
McCullum's hundred came up from 53 deliveries, and if that wasn't quick enough his next 50 runs took just 17 balls, as the visitors went on to post a hefty total in spite of David Hussey's (12) late dismissal.