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Kolkata Knight Riders Send Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Back Foot; Chris Lynn Shines as the Game Changer

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Kolkata Knight Riders Send Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Back Foot; Chris Lynn Shines as the Game Changer

April 25
14:24 2014

kkr1Sharjah, Friday, April 25 – Audience present at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium witnessed a mind-boggling catch by Chris Lynn, who changed the entire scenario for Virat Kohli’s team in the final over. Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss against Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday and elected to field first. Skipper Gautam Gambhir once again failed to kick off his innings and was dismissed at zero (third time in a row) in the first over of Mitchell Starc. The opener Jacques Kallis was startling as he hit 43 runs of 42 balls (4 x 2; 6 x 1) before Yuzvendra Chahal got him.

Manish Pandey (5 runs of 3 balls) lost his wicket to Albie Morkel when 2nd over was in progress. Chris Lynn was in at no. four and showed some stupendous shots in the different corners of the ground. Three massive sixes and same number of boundaries made him smash 45 runs of 31 balls only. Varun Aaron trapped him in 11.3 overs, but by that time, Lynn already did his job.

Kolkata Knight Riders were at solid position being at 90/3, but Yusuf Pathan’s dismissal in the same over gave an unexpected jolt to his squad. Wicketkeeper-batsman Robin Uthappa took the charge as soon as he arrived on the crease. The 28 year old Uthappa struck 22 runs facing 18 balls. A classy six in his innings lent a hand to eradicate pressure from the men in purple dress, but before he could exhibit some more splendid shots, the cricketer was sent back to the pavilion by Aaron.

The young Suryakumar Yadav gave a pace to the wobbly innings of KKR and hit 24 runs of 18 balls, including a six and a four. The player remained not out and did his business of taking team’s score near the average mark. Vinay Kumar faced 5 balls but scored just 4 runs as Starc sent him to the dressing room on the final ball. After 20 overs, Kolkata Knight Riders anyhow managed to set the target of 150 runs.

While chasing the target, RCB had a solid start. The opening pair Parthiv Patel (21 runs of 19 balls; 4 x 3) and Yogesh Takawale (40 runs of 28 balls; 4 x 8) did a partnership of 67 runs. The young Takawale lost his wicket in 7.4 overs to Jacques Kallis. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s captain Virat Kohli had to depart on 31 runs when Sunil Narine stunned him in the 16th over. Yuvraj Singh also scored 31 runs, hitting a couple of boundaries and a six, before succumbing to Umesh Yadav in 18.4 overs. By this time, RCB were in the game, but when Vinay Kumar came to bowl in the last over, it was KKR all around.

AB de Villiers skip changing the strike as he was sure of hitting a long shot, but this proved wrong for Royal Challengers Bangalore. An unbelievable catch by Chris Lynn in the 20th over took RCB at the back foot. In an attempt to hit a six, de Villiers was dismissed at a point when his team needed most and expected a long hit from him. The destructive hitter did the same but everyone was speechless to see how marvelously Lynn grabbed him. The ‘not out’ pair Albie Morkel and Mitchell Starc failed to attain the target in the 20th over, making RCB to lose the game by a couple of runs. Lynn was awarded ‘Man of the Match’ for his spectacular catch.

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