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Gayle absent for Indian League

Published:Friday | April 18, 2008 | 4:36 PM

Jamaica and West Indies captain Chris Gayle was absent, but Brendon McCallum stamped his class for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League opener.

In what was a brutal one-man assault on the Bangalore Royal Challengers, McCallum blasted an unbeaten 158 from a mere 73 deliveries to propel Kolkata to 222 for three off its 20 overs.

It was the highest score in a 20/20 match, surpassing Gayle 117 from 57 ball which was scored in the 20/20 World Cup opener last year.

Bangalore Royal Challengers were struggling on 58 for eight off 11 overs.

West Indies middle order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul is absent from the Bangalore Royal Challengers’ squad.