Tuesday, 23 April 2019

I haven’t exactly hit the ground running: Chris Lynn

IPL Chris Lynn

KOLKATA: It’s common knowledge that Chris Lynn’s career has been blighted by injuries, the latest one coming while fielding during the final of the Trans-Tasman Twenty20 International Tri-Series against New Zealand on 21 February this year, and keeping him out of action for a while, reported official website of ICC.

Back with Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2018 Indian Premier League, Lynn has been solid without being quite as swashbuckling as he can be – except in a game against Kings XI Punjab, when he scored a 41-ball 74 – but has done his job more often than not.

On Sunday 29 April night, fans saw a different facet to Lynn as he ground out 62* from 52 balls to helm a successful chase of 176 against Royal Challengers Bangalore, an innings he said had asked a lot of him.

“It hasn’t been as free-flowing as I’d normally like. Obviously, come off the back of a couple of injuries so I haven’t exactly hit the ground running. Maybe my body didn’t allow that early on but it’s coming good now. I’m starting to find a bit of momentum, which is important coming into the back end of the tournament,” said Lynn after winning the Player of the Match award as Kolkata won their fourth match in eight outings.

Lynn and Sunil Narine provided Kolkata a solid start of 59 runs before Narine was dismissed the first ball of the eighth over for 27 in 19 balls. The Australian was on 29 from 24 at the time and went on to finish his innings with a strike rate of 119.23.

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