The Royal Challengers Bangalore had come into the tournament looking the most well-rounded team. And they did their reputation no harm as they thrashed Guyana by nine wickets in their opening contest. For them, the script went right to the T. Bowlers were bang on target, fielders looked agile, except for a drop by Rahul Dravid, and then the batsmen chased down a 104-run target without much ado. That's as perfect a start as one could ever hope for.
As for Guyana, a lot was expected from the Guyana outfit, following what Trinidad and Tobago did in the last edition. However, the fearlessness and flair that is unique to the West Indian batsmen looked missing, and they huffed and puffed their way to 103 runs.
Whether it's the pressure of appearing on the big stage against the big boys of world cricket that got to them, or they simply don't belong here is something that will unfold in the coming days. But today they looked like a deer caught in the headlights, confused and scared. They will need to improve a lot if they want to make an impression.
For Bangalore, the star performer was Jacques Kallis. The burly South African all-rounder put in a superb all-round performance — first picking up three wickets, and then followed it up with an unbeaten 43. This comfortable win will reassert Bangalore's position as the red-hot contenders for the Trophy.
Brief score: Guyana 103 all out (Barnwell 30, Kallis 3-16, Kumar 2-22) lost to RCB 106 for 9 (Kallis 43no, 33)
South Australia win
South Australia beat Highveld Lions by 11 runs to start off with a win. Chasing 179, Lions were restricted to 167. Klinger was chosen man of the match.
Brief score: South Australia Redbacks 178 for 7 (Klinger 78, Ferguson 47) bt Lions 167 for 8 (Petersen 56, Tait 3-36) by 11 runs