Lynn's leap leads Kolkata to tight win

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Kolkata Knight Riders pulled off yet another low total defence in this year's IPL as they beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore by just two runs on Thursday, defending the middle-of-the-road 150 they posted.

Kolkata Knight Riders pulled off yet another low total defence in this year's IPL as they beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore by just two runs on Thursday, defending the middle-of-the-road 150 they posted.

The Knight Riders did not bat with overwhelming confidence and relied on another solid knock from Jacques Kallis, and a brisk 45 from Chris Lynn, to propel them to the 150 for seven. Bangalore then seemed well on track, but an amazing catch in the final over from Lynn, to remove AB de Villiers, left them on 148 for five.

Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to field, thinking of his own prowess at chasing down a score and his strong batting line up, though they were still without the injured Chris Gayle.

Kolkata's Gautam Gambhir was out for a third duck in as many matches, a new record for the IPL, as Kolkata started badly. Manish Pandey was then out for five, leaving Lynn and Kallis to rescue the knock.

They pushed the score to 90 in the 12th over, before Lynn was caught by De Villiers, an omen for later in the game, for 45. Lynn had used 31 balls and struck three sixes, in his first game for the Kolkata side.

Yusuf Pathan was out in the same over for a duck, while Kallis fell 17 runs later, having scored 43. This left Robin Uthappa and Suryakumar Yadav to ensure a defendable target as they added 46 runs between them.

Bangalore's chase actually got off to a brilliant start, which would have made the defeat even tougher to swallow. The openers put on 67 runs in under eight overs as Yogesh Takawale made 40 off 28 balls before being trapped LBW by Kallis.

PArthiv Patel departed three balls later, leaving Kohli and Yuvraj Singh to continue the chase. This time though, the India seniors could not push towards the finish and were both out for 31, with Yuvraj falling in the 19th over.

This meant De Villiers and Albie Morkel had to get nine runs off the last over. With three balls to go, they needed six runs, and De Villiers smashed it to the leg side, on its way over the ropes. But Lynn was in the way.

The Aussie batsman slipped while getting under the ball, but kept his eye on it. It was sailing over his head, but he leaped up, arched backwards like a contortionist and took it one-handed, while still moving towards the ropes.

He then tensed his whole body in the air to stop his momentum, kept his legs from hitting the cushions, and left RCB with too much to do off the final two deliveries.

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