IPL First Match 2008: The invention of the Indian Premier League completely changed the face of international cricket by bringing in top players from around the world on the same platform. The league was welcomed by the fans as they got a chance to watch some of the best cricketing action.
The league was brought into the limelight when Shane Warne led side Rajasthan Royals lifted the trophy for the first time.
18th April 2008. KKR vs RCB.
Remember this like yesterday. That first ever IPL match. pic.twitter.com/mIFA4jwdOZ
— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) April 18, 2022
The first match of IPL played on 18 April 2008 was a thriller played between Royal Challengers Banglore and Kolkata Knight Riders where Brendon McCullum set the stage on fire with his mesmerizing knock.
Where Was The First IPL Match Played In 2008
Royal Challengers Banglore vs Kolkata Knight Riders was played at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
Glimpse Of The Historic Match
The KKR side led by former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly and the RCB team led by Rahul Dravid had some top players in their teams. Virat Kohli was also part of RCB playing 11.
Royal Challengers won the toss and decided to bowl first. The first delivery in the history of IPL was bowled by Praveen Kumar and Sourabh Ganguly faced the first delivery.
After Zaheer Khan dismissed Sourabh Ganguly for 10 runs, the fans had no idea Brendon McCullum will single-handedly change the course of the match.
The former New Zealand skipper smashed RCB bowlers all over the ground as he scored 158 runs off just 73 balls. The innings consisted of 10 fours and 13 sixes with KKR posting a target of 222.
On This Day in 2008, in the first match of the IPL, @Bazmccullum smashed the @RCBTweets bowlers all around the park on his way to a massive unbeaten 158 in just 73 balls
It still remains the only 💯 by a @KKRiders batter 👏#Ipl #team #sportzcraazy #followus #cricket #OnThisDay pic.twitter.com/ZiQfQUGtPR
— SportzCraazy (@sportzcraazy) April 18, 2022
The RCB team in reply was bowled out for just 88 runs with Praveen Kumar top-scoring for the team with 18 runs. Kohli who was very young at that time scored just 1 run before getting bowled by Dinda.
KKR won the match by 140 runs
RCB VS KKR Scorecard
Total – 222/3
Brendon McCullum- 158 off 73 balls
Ricky Ponting – 20 off 20 balls
Zaheer Khan – 1 wicket
Ashley Noffke- 1 wicket
Jacques Kallis- 1 wicket
Praveen Kumar – 18 runs
Ashok Dinda-2 wickets
Ajit Agarkar- 3 wickets
Sourav Ganguly- 2 wickets
Who were In The Playing 11 Of The First Match
Rahul Dravid(C), Wasim Jaffer, Virat Kohli, Jacques Kallis, Cameron White, Mark Boucher, Balachandra Akhil, Ashley Noffke, Praveen Kumar, Zaheer Khan
Sourav Ganguly(C), Ricky Ponting, David Hussey, Mohammad Hafeez, Laxmi Shukla, Wriddhiman Saha, Ajit Agarkar, Ashok Dinda, Murali Karthik, Ishant Sharma