Cape Cobras 184 for 5 (Duminy 99*) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 180 for 4 (Taylor 53*, Uthappa 51) by five wickets
At this venue in 2008, Brendon McCullum slammed the most famous Twenty20 century to knock the stuffing out of Royal Challengers Bangalore. On another starry South Indian night, against the hosts again, JP Duminy struck the most awesome 99 you will see in this format to take the Cape Cobras to a thrilling last-over victory.
And so a new chapter in the rapidly growing Twenty20 format has begun. After a gala opening ceremony reminiscent of the opening night of the first IPL, the two teams treated a capacity Chinnaswamy Stadium to a superb exhibition of Twenty20. Anil Kumble had no hesitation in batting first on a good batting track and 20 action-packed overs later the Cobras had their task cut out, after Robin Uthappa and Ross Taylor starred in a powerful batting display. But Duminy thumped five sixes and eight fours in as clinical and perfect a display of shotmaking as you could hope to see, and his partnership of 61 with Ryan Canning transformed the game after Bangalore had grabbed three early wickets in defence of 180.
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20 overs Royal Challengers Bangalore 180 for 4 (Taylor 53*, Uthappa 51) v Cape Cobras
Robin Uthappa paved the way with a belligerent but plucky half-century, being dropped on 18 and miscuing more than a few between catchers, and an astonishing assault from Ross Taylor rounded off a powerful batting performance. Anil Kumble had no hesitation in batting first on a good batting track at the Chinnaswamy Stadium and 20 action-packed overs later the Cape Cobras had their task cut out. They seemed distinctly overawed by the moment and a packed house breathing down their necks, misfielding with alarming regularity and serving up a dozen too many full tosses.
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Toss Royal Challengers Bangalore opted to bat v Cape Cobras
And so a new chapter in the rapidly growing Twenty20 format began. After a gala opening ceremony reminiscent of the opening night of the 2008 IPL at this very venue, Anil Kumble won the toss and opted to bat against Cape Cobras in the first match of the first Champions League Twenty20.
An estimated 50,000 strong Bangalore crowd gathered much before the event kicked off in anticipation of a cracking game. When Kumble won the toss, a deafening roar went about the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Bangalore went in without Dale Steyn. The Cobras fielded their strongest side.
In a short time frame, cricket as a sport has been noticed globally as a modern and very marketable product. At the heart of that has been the rapid rise of the Twenty20 format. Tonight a new chapter begins, and one that could dictate the future of club cricket.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 1 Manish Pandey, 2 Jacques Kallis, 3 Roelof van der Merwe, 4 Rahul Dravid, 5 Ross Taylor, 6 Robin Uthappa, 7 Virat Kohli, 8 Mark Boucher (wk) 9 Praveen Kumar, 10 R Vinay Kumar, 11 Anil Kumble (capt).
Cape Cobras: 1 Andrew Puttick (capt) 2 Herschelle Gibbs, 3 Henry Davids, 4 JP Duminy, 5 Justin Ontong, 6 Ryan Canning (wk), 7 Vernon Philander, 8 Rory Kleinveldt, 9 Claude Henderson, 10 Monde Zondeki, 11 Charl Langeveldt.