Lynn cashes in on reprieve to get Knight Riders home

KKR captain Dinesh Karthik during a training session

Coming off a heartbreaking loss, the Indian Premier League game against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday will be a test of character for embattled Royal Challengers Bangalore, who have left themselves with little margin for error after a string of reverses.

Not long after, McCullum and Manan Vohra fell off successive Russell deliveries to round off a awful passage of play for RCB: three for eight in two overs.

Dinesh Karthik has won the toss and has decided his team KKR will bowl first.

McCullam who started in cavalier fashion pulling and cutting Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) pace spearhead Mitchell Jhonson looked in good nick sweeping the leggie Piyush Chawla to midwicket fence before Andre Russell (3/31) surprised the Kiwi with a good bouncer which McCullam edged to rival captain Dinesh Karthik.

Chris Lynn will be key for Kolkata.

Keeping that in mind, RCB could play an extra local fast bowler as they have plenty of options available in the form of Khejroliya, Aniket Choudhary or Navdeep Saini. The gritty Mandeep Singh who this season has produced a couple of plucky efforts struggled against Kuldeep before he swept and pulled Sunil Narine who performed below par. RCB's captain next played a pair of stunning shots off the Jamaican's bowling: a short-arm jab that sailed over long-on and a fierce whip off his legs that cleared mid-wicket. Royal Challengers made a strong comeback in that period, including having Andre Russell caught for a golden duck on his 30th birthday.

However, despite the loss of partners at the other end, the hard-hitting Lynn slammed a majestic 70-run knock comprising of seven fours and one six as KKR never let the opposition get a sniff of a victory. Karthik's boys defeated Kohli's team by 4 wickets.




Therefore, McCullum and de Kock scored 40 runs in the Powerplay, 11 runs below their average score in the period this season. De Kock holed out to deep cover.

FIFTY PARTNERSHIP! Just the start the team needed.

Both sides have endured a mixed campaign so far and have picked up only two wins since they last faced each other.

The top guns - Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn and Dinesh Karthik - will again need to live up to the expectations by contributing in a big way. Broadcast Starts at 20:00 Hours (IST).

With Star India now acquiring the media rights from Sony Pictures Network India for the upcoming season, the matches will be telecast on various Star Sports channels.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Quinton de Kock (wk), Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli (capt), Mandeep Singh, Manan Vohra, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, M Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.

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