Twenty20 is known to be a batsmen-dominated game. But the first round of matches in the second edition of the Indian Premier saw the bowlers call the shots. Lasith Malinga and Harbhajan Singh set the tone in the opening match itself as Mumbai Indians restricted last year's runner-up Chennai Super Kings.
Coverage: IPL 2009
Later in the evening, Anil Kumble showed the worth of his tribe in the shortest format of the game, bowling a miserly spell of 3.1 over for a haul of five wickets for five runs as Royal Challengers Bangalore shocked defending champions Rajasthan Royals.
A look at the top performers after the first round of matches in the tournament.
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Image: Bollywood stars Shilpa Shetty, Preity Zinta and Shah Rukh Khan, co-owners of the Rajasthan Royals, Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders respectively, in Cape Town.
Text: Bikash Mohapatra and Harish Kotian | Photographs: Reuters