Gujarat Lions and Kolkata Knight Riders are studded with big hitting batsmen, for the first time both the team are colliding with each other in Rajkot. It will be the third match between the two teams. Gujarat Lions (GL) have a perfect record 2-0 win-loss record against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Gujarat Lions, who topped the points table with 18 points from nine matches on debut last year, take on two- time Indian Premier League champions Kolkata Knight Riders in their first match of IPL 2017 at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
Both teams will miss a few key players. While the Lions will miss Indian superstar Ravindra Jadeja and the injured Dwayne Bravo, Kolkata will need two quality all-rounders to fill in for Andre Russell (banned for a doping offence) and Shakib Al Hasan (on duty for Bangladesh).
KKR lost both their games against GL last season. What a way to correct that. Phew, some hitting that from Lynn. Watch out for those hashtags in this IPL. That’s it from us. Double-header day tomorrow so make sure to join us for all the madness. I am Sagar Chawla and on behalf of Akshay Maanay, Raju Peethala, Kumar Abhisekh Das, Pradeep and our scorer Naga, it’s a goodbye!
With records tumbling, we had to get plenty of stats. Here are a few..
– This partnership is now KKR’s record first wicket partnership ever – surpassing the 121 between Uthappa & Gambhir v RR in 2014.
– Lynn records the 2nd joint fastest individual fifty for KKR. Yusuf has a 15-ball fifty against SRH while Russell scored a 19-ball fifty versus KXIP.
– KKR now hold 4th fastest team hundred in the history of IPL.
– That is KKR’s first ever 10-wicket win in the IPL. It is the highest total chased down without losing a wicket in all T20s.
– First win for KKR against GL. It is the third time these two teams have met.
Lynn: That was my role and I’m comfortable with my role. One good innings doesn’t make a summer. Hopefully I keep it going. If I can continue this momentum, I’d be very pleased. Yes I think so (whether he likes opening), with the ball coming on. I’m happy just to rotate the strike to Gauti when the spinners are on. Really nice wicket. All the grounds now are producing good flat wickets for the batters.
Chris Lynn is Man of the Match
Gambhir: You can’t ask for more. The way Lynn started took a lot of pressure off me. Credit to the bowlers too. To restrict a batting line-up like Gujarat under 200 was fabulous. It’s a luxury for any captain to have such spinners. As I said, we all know what Lynn can do. We have to give him a longer run. Hopefully he can continue his form like this and keep smacking it. If we see the last 2 games, it was the dropped catches which cost the game. We need to be proactive. There’s always room for improvement. Lynn can take on any fast bowlers and we don’t want him to take any risks against spinners. Rest of us can do that. That’s basically our game plan. It’s about starting off well because you don’t want to be under pressure in the business end. Just one day to recover now before a big game against Mumbai.
Raina: 180 was a good total. We didn’t bowl well in the first six overs. The lack of experience showed in our bowling. I thought the wicket would get slow, but it remained the same. The bowlers need to learn from here if we have to win. Definitely we miss Jadeja. He’s the number one bowler in the world. Dinesh (Karthik) had a good partnership and continued his domestic form. Even Roy and McCullum were good at the top. We have a great batting line-up. We need to learn and improve our bowling.
4.4 D Kulkarni to Chris Lynn, 1 run, to mid wicket
4.3 D Kulkarni to Gambhir, 1 run, rises on his toes, angles the bat face and pinches a single in front of backward point
4.2 D Kulkarni to Gambhir, no run, in the channel outside off, Gambhir blunts it down back towards the bowler
4.1 D Kulkarni to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir curses himself after missing out on this away swinger, gone with the angle assisted with a bit of seam movement. No dice
Dhawal Kulkarni [1.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack
3.6 Shivil to Chris Lynn, FOUR, too much width gestures Raina as soon as he saw the ball flying over backward point. Tad short and Lynn pounced on the width on offer, slices the cut and gets four
3.5 Shivil to Chris Lynn, no run, much faster this time, Lynn slashes and finds nothing
3.4 Shivil to Chris Lynn, no run, flat and wide, driven firmly, straight to cover
3.3 Shivil to Gambhir, 1 run, an encore of first delivery of the over, Gambhir repeats the same dose. This time, though, he got it closer towards the fielder, PK at backward square dives and keeps it down to a single
3.2 Shivil to Gambhir, no run, opens the bat face and looks to guide it past short third man, can’t find the gap
2.6 Gony to Chris Lynn, wide, dug in short, off-pace, well above and down leg
2.5 Gony to Chris Lynn, no run, change of pace, Lynn doesn’t pick it, the ball sneaks past his cross-bat smear
2.4 Gony to Chris Lynn, SIX, boy, has he nailed it! You bet. 95-metre smite. Gony serves length and gets smoked for a maximum over long-off
2.3 Gony to Chris Lynn, FOUR, Chris Lynn and his golf hits I tellya. This isn’t off the middle, but that bottom hand power and the baseball swing takes it the distance, just one bounce and over the long-on ropes
Uthappa and Gambhir opened successfully for three consecutive seasons. Now, Lynn has been promoted to open at the expense of Uthappa. Right call? Fire in your replies. The good ones will be up on the site.
2.3 Gony to Chris Lynn, wide, slower ball, gets the radar wrong, sprays it well wide of off-stump
2.2 Gony to Gambhir, 1 run, clever batting. Hops in his crease, drops the ball into the leg-side and scampers for a quick single, easily done
2.1 Gony to Gambhir, FOUR, that’s spanked! The open stance helps him figure the line and length quickly, uses all his might to smash it straight down the ground
1.3 D Kulkarni to Chris Lynn, 1 run, corrects his length and line, keeps it straight, Lynn stays leg-side of the delivery and drives firmly to mid-off
1.2 D Kulkarni to Chris Lynn, SIX, that’s the Chris Lynn we saw in BBL. Full-blooded swing, clears his front leg, picks the length early and goes bang over mid-wicket
1.1 D Kulkarni to Gambhir, 1 run, length ball, might have stopped a bit on the batsman, Gambhir chips it in the air with a slightly closed bat face, lands safe in front of mid-wicket
0.6 P Kumar to Chris Lynn, FOUR, just goes through with a wild slog across the line, no timing whatsoever. All power. To Lynn’s delight, it went in the gap behind the square leg umpire. First boundary for KKR
0.5 P Kumar to Gambhir, 1 run, decks back in, fullish length, Gambhir’s laden-footed drive goes to fine leg, off the inside edge
0.4 P Kumar to Gambhir, no run, pace is up, there is plenty of swing on offer, the keeper and slip went up, but PK appealed half-heartedly. Lands on a good length and gets it to nip away from the poking blade of Gautam Gambhir
0.3 P Kumar to Chris Lynn, 1 run, wields his willow flat-footed on seeing the width, strokes it to the left of mid-off where B-Mac dives to save a certain boundary
0.2 P Kumar to Chris Lynn, no run, this one straightens around off, rises a bit more than Lynn expected and hits him high on the bat
0.1 P Kumar to Gambhir, 1 run, swung in from a good length, when it’s on the pads the batsman will be quite happy to glance it away to fine leg, GG isn’t any different. Off the mark with a single
Gambhir and Chris Lynn are at the crease. Gambhir is on strike. P Kumar will open the attack
Back again! Gujarat Lions gather to form a huddle as KKR openers walk out, GG is out with Chris Lynn. PK will open the bowling. One slip…