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Chris Lynn delivers another knock out blow this time against Delhi Bulls in Abu Dhabi T10

Chris Lynn delivers another knock out blow for Maratha Arabians
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Chris Lynn has delivered another knock-out blow, with a magnificent performance as his Maratha Arabians climbed up the Super League table into first place with his team’s win over the Delhi Bulls. Lynn’s thrilling innings, combined with disciplined bowling from the experienced trio of Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan and Dwayne Bravo, consigned the Delhi Bulls to another defeat.

Lynn once again was hungry for runs, and carved out boundaries with effortless swings of his bat, punishing David Willey and Mohammad Nabi as he raced to 37 runs in 13 balls. Lynn took the 200th six of the match, reaching a half century in a short 18 balls with a heave toward deep square leg. After one of Hazratullah’s big swinging shots was caught, Adam Lyth joined Lynn, and the Arabians shot to 73 midway through their innings. Adil Rashid’s torrid time with the ball continued, and was given no reprieve by the rampant Lynn who smashed three consecutive sixes of some loose deliveries by the England spinner.

The wickets of Najibullah and Lyth fell, but crucially for Maratha Arabians, and much to the frustration of Delhi Bulls, those were not the wickets they desperately needed. However, they struck gold in the very next delivery, as Lynn was impressively caught by David Willey, agonisingly denying him the chance to become the first batsmen in T10 history to score a century as he closed on his destructive innings scoring 89 from 33. A cameo innings by Dasun Shanaka, which included two fours and six of the final three deliveries of the innings, ensured his team set 147 runs for Delhi Bulls to chase, the highest total of the tournament yet.

A quick start to the innings was imperative for the Bulls, as Kusal Perera and Paul Stirling looked to maximise boundaries through the Powerplay, as they managed to gain 16 runs from the first over. Perera took up the role of taking the game to the bowlers as he showed great fluency to pick up numerous boundaries, keeping the required run rate manageable for his team. Pressure from the Maratha Arabians’ bowlers finally led to the wicket of an out-of-sorts Paul Stirling, whose uneasy innings came to end as he gloved behind to Chadwick Walton.

A disciplined bowling attack tempered the advances of Rutherford and Perera and restricted them from runs as the required run rate began to spiral out of the reach of the chasing Bulls, reaching 20.00 as the batsman struggled at 10 runs per over. Despite a defiant knock from Rutherford, caught on 48, Eoin Morgan’s late arrival to the crease could not prevent his team from falling to another loss, leaving their chance to progress to the next round hanging by a thread as Maratha Arabians cruised to a crushing 30 run win.

Man of the Match Chris Lynn said: “Obviously, aggressive cricket is a brand that our team play. My philosophy is to keep my batting simple, and not over complicate things. That makes the team successful in T10, because we don’t divert from that.”

Speaking following his team’s defeat despite a spirited chase, Delhi Bulls’ Coach Stephen Fleming said: “I’m learning a lot in this new format. It’s a fantastic opportunity to unearth new and emerging talent, and also I’m optimistic about the future of T10. Like with every franchise league, it is going to take some time to develop strategies and formulas specific to the demands of the game, especially in the bowling department”.

The night’s action continues with Karnataka Tuskers battling against Team Qalandars at 17:45, followed by Shane Watson’s Deccan Gladiators entering the arena against Darren Sammy’s Northern Warriors.

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