Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn crushed unbeaten half-centuries of years as previous IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders whipped Gujarat Lions by 10 wickets to make an animating begin to their campaign at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Friday. After winning the toss and requesting that Gujarat Lions in bat, captain Gambhir and the KKR camp may have been stressed a great deal as Lions’ captain Suresh Raina, Brendon McCullum and Dinesh Karthik helped the hosts heap up 183.(Scorecard)
Nonetheless, what appeared an imposing aggregate soon wound up resembling a less than impressive one as Lynn and Gambhir toyed with the Gujarat Lions rocking the bowling alley, putting on 73 keeps running in the six powerplay overs. Both batsmen proceeded with the gore as they crushed records freely and hustled to their individual half-centuries. While Gambhir paced his innings well with 12 boundaries to lead from the front, Lynn’s savage power and clean-hitting disassembled each and every single strategy Raina may have had in his mind.
This was just the third time in 87 T20s that Lynn had opened the innings, and the Australian didn’t disappoint. While he tormented almost every bowler he faced , he had held his best for Dwayne Smith, who he Smashed for 23 keeps running in the seventh over to reach his half-century in only 19 balls.
He was dropped twice in the fifteenth over off progressive deliveries, however the destiny of the match was fixed by then. Lynn struck eight sixes and six limits in his 41-balls.
This was the highest total chased down in T20 cricket with a side having all wickets in hand. This was likewise KKR’s highest stand remain for any wicket in the Indian Premier League.
Earlier, Gujarat Lions rode on the brilliance of captain Suresh Raina as they put up 183/4 in their interest for a third straight win over the Knights. There was a boundary in each over till the ninth before chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav figured out how to dispose of McCullum, yet the damage was already done by then. His 24-ball 35 combined with Raina’s unfaltering 68 was instrumental before Dinesh Karthik scored a splendid 25-ball 47 coming lower down the order.