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IPL 2018: It was a grinding victory vs RCB, says Kolkata Knight Riders’ Chris Lynn

Kolkata Knight Riders’ opener Chris Lynn says his team had to grind away against Royal Challengers Bangalore spinners in their IPL 2018 match and it wasn’t a typical T20 wicket.

cricket Updated: Apr 30, 2018 09:26 IST
Khurram Habib
Khurram Habib
Hindustan Times, Bangalore
Kolkata Knight Riders opener Chris Lynn guided his team to victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore with an unbeaten knock of 62.
Kolkata Knight Riders opener Chris Lynn guided his team to victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore with an unbeaten knock of 62.(AFP)

Facing Yuzvendra Chahal has been a bit of a challenge for most batsmen in recent times. Especially, on a surface that helps spinners like the Chinnaswamy’s.

However, Chris Lynn, with his sweep shots, showed no concern as he made a match-winning 62 not out to script Kolkata Knight Riders victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore.

“Early with the new ball, it was the easiest time to bat. You had Sunil at the other end taking off the pressure. It was important to knock down a few before the rain break as it was expected to play a part. So, against a couple of quality spinners, the ball turning, you had to grind away. Wasn’t your typical T20 game of cricket with the ball flying around and for me, it were the sweep shots,” said Lynn after the match.

KKR employed the usual strategy of one batsman holding an end up and the other going hard against the bowlers. It was Lynn, who played the anchor as first Sunil Narine and then Robin Uthappa went after the bowling.

READ | IPL 2018: Chris Lynn guides Kolkata Knight Riders to win against Royal Challengers Bangalore

“It (the wicket) was challenging. We have one bloke at one end anchoring the innings and then one at the other chipping in with quick runs. It was important for Robbie to come and take pressure off with the spinners bowling. He is a class player. As I said that he scored a couple of boundaries to get the momentum back. In the past, we’d lose back-to-back wickets. But tonight we didn’t do that. We retained momentum for the majority of the game.”

For his part, Lynn is returning from an injury and hasn’t been the usual ballistic self as he is known to be. The Aussie batsman said that he is slowly trying to work and get into the rhythm.

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“It hasn’t been as free-flowing as I would have liked. I am coming back after a couple of injuries so I haven’t really hit the ground running. Maybe my body didn’t allow that early on but it is coming. I have started to find a bit of momentum, which is important especially at the back-end of the tournament. On a night like tonight and a wicket like tonight, it was a bit challenging to get a strike rate of 200, so the more time I am going to spend in the middle, the quicker I am going to get that (flow) back. At the moment, I am happy to finish not out and get the team home because that was what was needed. Hope I can build on the confidence at the back-end of the tournament.”

First Published: Apr 30, 2018 09:14 IST

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