Lynn, Gambhir record partnership stun Gujarat Lions
Kolkata Knight Riders
Gujarat Lions 183-4 (Raina 68no) by 10 wickets
Third game, Indian Premier League, Rajkot
Chris Lynn and Gautam Gambhir slamed unbeaten knocks of 93 and 76 respectively as Kolkata Knight Riders chased down 184 against Gujarat Lions with 10 wickets in hand in the third game of the Indian Premier League in Rajkot.
This is also the highest total chased in the history of T20 cricket with all 10 wickets in hand.
Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and elected to field first. Jason Roy (14) and Brendon McCullum (35) gave a solid start of 22 runs in the first three overs. Piyush Chawla (1-33) provided the initial breakthrough when he had Roy caught at square leg.
McCullum upped the ante with a couple of boundaries and a six in the next two overs and the final over of the powerplay saw Suresh Raina (68 not out) hitting two boundaries and was also dropped by Kuldeep Yadav (2-25).
McCullum upped the ante when he smashed a six and a four off Kuldeep but the youngster took his revenge by trapping the former Black Caps skipper LBW. Aaron Finch (15) started the innings with a couple of sixes but soon became Kuldeep's second victim when he holed out to long off.
With wickets falling at the other end, Raina completed a 41-ball 50 and was dropped by Yusuf Pathan (0-15). A 25-ball cameo from Dinesh Karthik (57) helped Gujarat Lions end their innings at 183 for four.
Gambhir (76 not out) smashed eight boundaries while Lynn (93 not out) plundered three fours and two sixes to take the total to 73 for naught in the powerplay, which was also Kolkata Knight Riders' highest.
With three sixes and a four in the seventh over bowled by Dwayne Smith (0-23), Lynn completed a 19 ball fifty while his captain reached his half century off 33 balls and at halfway mark, Kolkata were 116 for naught.
The onslaught from the duo continued as the 150-run stand came in the 13th over, which was the team's highest stand for any wicket. The visitors eventually completed the chase in 14.5 overs and have claimed the pole position in the table.
Lynn was awarded the player of the match for his blistering unbeaten 93 run knock.
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