IPL 2019, Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Match 21: Chris Lynn scored a brilliant half-century off just 31 balls to power Kolkata Knight Riders to a thumping win over Rajasthan Royals in match 21 of Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday. Chasing a modest target of 140, Lynn stepped on to the gas right from the word go and displayed his wide range of strokes at the beautiful Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
During his knock off 50 off 32 deliveries, the burly Aussie smashes six boundaries and three huge maximums at a strike rate of 156.25. He spared none of the Rajasthan bowlers, however, hosts’ spinner Shreyas Gopal faced the real heat off Lynn’s blade. Particularly on the second ball of the 11th over, Lynn hammered a huge 78 metre six that crashed onto the windshield of TATA Harrier car, placed near the stands.
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Along with Lynn, opener Sunil Narine also played a blistering knock off 47 (25 balls) to help Kolkata defeat Rajasthan Royals (RR) by eight wickets on Sunday. KKR have now moved up to the top position in the IPL points table with four wins and one loss, whereas RR continue to remain at the seventh position with a win and four losses.
In a low-scoring encounter, Lynn and Narine slapped clueless Rajasthan bowlers with their 91-run partnership, which saw a rain of sixes.
Rajasthan bowlers leaked 65 runs in the PowerPlay overs, which gave an upper hand to Kolkata in its 140 run-chase. Narine, who was dropped on 24 in the fourth over, was dismissed by leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal for 47.
Just when it seemed RR would pull things back, Lynn quashed its hope, taking KKR to 100 runs under 10 overs. A lucky Lynn, who got a lifeline on 13 in the fourth over when Dhawal Kulkarni cleaned up but the bails did not fall, completed the job and got his fifty along the way just before Gopal got rid of him.
Robin Uthappa (26*) and Shubman Gill (6*) finished the formality with their combined 26 runs and Kolkata bagged its biggest victory in this season with 37 balls remaining.
Earlier, IPL debutant and Kolkata fast bowler Harry Gurney restricted Rajasthan to 139 for the loss of three, despite an unbeaten 59-ball 73 from Steve Smith.