Lynn guides KKR to the double against RCB

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An unbeaten half century from Chris Lynn helped fire the Kolkata Knight Riders past the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengalaru on Sunday.

Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik played supporting roles to the big hitting Aussie who saw KKR over the line with five balls to spare and six wickets in hand.

Earlier in the evening, Royal Challengers Bangalore got off to a slow start. Brendon McCullum, drafted into the XI as a replacement for the ill AB de Villiers, and Quinton de Kock (29) added only 40 runs in the first six overs.

Virat Kohli was the banker for RCB again finishing unbeaten on 68, in an innings in which he hit five fours and three sixes.

On his 30th birthday, Andre Russell returned figures of 3-31 from his three overs. The Jamaican, used in this match as the sixth bowler, dismissed McCullum and Manan Vohra off consecutive deliveries.

Andre Russell of the Kolkata Knight Riders bowls during match twenty nine of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018) between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Kolkata Knight Riders held at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on the 29th April 2018.
Photo by: Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Apart from the opening stand of 67 the two other partnerships of note in the RCB innings were the 65-runs stand for the 4th wicket with Mandeep Singh and the unbeaten 35-run partnership for the 5th wicket with Colin de Grandhomme.

On a pitch that offered the tweakers some aid, Lynn chose the sweep shot as his primary weapon; of the 30 runs he scored off RCB’s two spinners, 24 were on the leg-side, almost all of them using the sweep shot.

When faced against the quick bowlers, he was his usual belligerent self – cutting and driving with all his might. Lynn brought up his half-century in the 14th over, getting to the milestone in 42 balls – his slowest half-century in his T20 career.

Lynn was dropped by Murugan Ashwin when he was on 7 and made RCB pay for their generosity.

KKR have beaten Kohli’s charges in both their clashes this season leaving the Royal Challengers second from bottom on the table while Karthik’s men are in fourth occupying the final playoff spot.