73dThe Report by Alagappan Muthu

Gambhir, Lynn blaze away in record chase

Kolkata Knight Riders gunned down a target of 184 without losing a single wicket - a world record in T20 cricket

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

CA Lynn
93(41) 6x4 - 8x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 32 runs
  • 3x4 - 3x6
8 0 5 0 4 29 27 20
G Gambhir
76(48) 12x4 - 0x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 15 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
12 5 9 6 16 9 8 11

Best performances - Bowlers

Kuldeep Yadav
O4
M0
R25
W2
Eco6.25
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
PP Chawla
O4
M0
R33
W1
Eco8.25
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Kolkata Knight Riders , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Season

Hours of play (local time)

20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.30, Interval 21.30-21.50, Second Session 21.50- 23.20

Match days

07 April 2017 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Points

Kolkata Knight Riders 2, Gujarat Lions 0

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu

11pm Lynn pumps his fist and celebrates the win. Opening the batting for only the second time in 86 T20s, Lynn shellacked the joint second-fastest fifty for KKR. While Lynn relied on brute power, Gambhir played some delightful drives to move to a fifty of his own. Gujarat Lions, missing Jadeja and Bravo, struggled with their lines and lengths. That they went for Smith over Faulkner meant they did not have the change-ups and variations either. KKR have sealed a record chase and will next face Mumbai at the Wankhede on Sunday. Lions will face the defending champions Sunrisers in Hyderabad on the same day. Do hang around for the presentation.

Raina: I think 180 still was a good total. We did not bowl well in the first six overs - the bowling was not experienced and it is a learning curve. They played really good cricket shots. We need to learn from here. We missed the experience of Jadeja and Bravo. Jadeja has done really well in T20 format. When you are not bowling well upfront, you need experience, someone like Bravo in the middle. Dinesh batted really well, and had a good first-class season. Still we have batting depth in the team.

Gautam Gambhir: You can't ask for more from Lynny. He took a lot of pressure off me. The bowlers also did a fantastic job. I always feel that somebody who can take the ball both ways will be crucial. We have Kuldeep, Chawla. We are going to give Lynny a longer run. Hopefully he can keep smacking it. These are early days in the tournament - the dropped catches were there - but we need to be proactive in the fielding. We all know how dangerous he is, and hopefully we can play around him. We have just one day to recover and we will have to bring our A game against Mumbai in Mumbai.

Lynn, of course, is the Man of the Match: To hit the ball a long way is my role. Touch wood and I enjoy the role. At the end of the day, it is about preparation. I like the spot at the top, the ball is coming on. I am used to the ball coming on at home. Gauti is such a good player of spin, I can turn the strike to him and I can handle the quicks. One good innings does not make a summer.

Six out of Lynn's top seven scores in T20s have come when chasing. #Lynnsanity. That is all we have for you from this match. Be back for the double-header tomorrow. Cheers and night

14.5
2
Kulkarni to Lynn, 2 runs, low-full toss outside off, carved away to the right of sweeper cover. Gony runs across and fumbles, sumps up Gujarat's sloppy effort in the field. KKR canter to a 10-wicket win. This is the highest total chased down with all ten wickets in tact in all T20 cricket. Well done, KKR. Perfect start to the season
14.4
2
Kulkarni to Lynn, 2 runs, slower offcutter, Lynn is through with the slog. Drags an inside edge past midwicket
14.4
1w
Kulkarni to Lynn, 1 wide, off-side wide
14.3
6
Kulkarni to Lynn, SIX runs, there is no stopping Lynn. This is a front-foot pull. Muscled over Baz at long-on
14.2
4
Kulkarni to Lynn, FOUR runs, Dropped again! Back of a length on middle, clobbered away again. Smith advances from deep square, tumbles, and shells it
14.1
6
Kulkarni to Lynn, SIX runs, Dropped! Would you believe it, Baz drops the catch, parries the ball over the long-off boundary. This is now the best opening stand in the IPL. Off-stump full-toss, swung away in the air. Baz can't cling onto the overhead chance

DIY

184

The highest T20 total successfully chased down with 10 wickets in hand

Lynnsanity

19

Lynn smashed a 19-ball fifty - the joint second-fastest for KKR

New high

73

Kolkata Knight Riders' highest score in the Powerplay in the IPL, beating the 68 they made against Pune Warriors in 2012

New job

2

Today is the third time in 86 T20s that Chris Lynn has opened the batting

The new finsher?

11.28

Dinesh's Karthik's run-rate per over in today's 47 off 25 balls - his second highest in an innings of 25 balls or more

Finishing strong

53

No. of runs Gujarat Lions scored in the last four overs

Gujarat Lions' highest

87

Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik's stand of 87 was the highest fourth-wicket stand for Gujarat Lions

Reclaiming the top spot

4110

Suresh Raina went past Virat Kohli's tally of 4110 to become the leading run-getter in the IPL

Attacking upfront

8.29

Gujarat Lions had the best scoring rate in the Powerplay last season

Chasing venue

4

Teams chasing have won four out of five IPL matches in Rajkot