- Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Mumbai Indians tonight at the Eden Gardens looking to take revenge for the 13-run defeat they suffered back in Mumbai just days before
- KKR opener Chris Lynn, who is the second highest run-scorer for the team this season confirmed that he is still not 100% fit
- Lynn believes that any leniency by the KKR team could prove to hugely detrimental to their chances of reaching the playoffs.
Kolkata Knight Riders will be hoping to avoid the 2nd defeat against Mumbai Indians in a period of 4 days, when they take on the defending champions at the Eden Gardens tonight. The 2-time IPL champions have failed to win more than 2 consecutive matches all season and will now require 3 wins from their remaining 4 games to fully secure their place in the playoff round. Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, will be looking to continue their resurgence following 2 straight victories, which appears to have resurrected what was appearing to be a forgettable season for Rohit Sharma’s team.
Chris Lynn’s unwanted affair with injuries
With 277 runs in 10 matches, Chris Lynn is KKR’s second highest run-scorer this season but it would be fair to say that the Australian has looked a shadow of the player that he was last season. The opener has had major injury issues in his career, even before the IPL 2018 there were doubts regarding his availability after he suffered a shoulder injury early this year. Speaking to a media outlet, Lynn confirmed that he isn’t 100% fit at the moment and while his batting hasn’t suffered too much because of that, there is a definite tentativeness in his fielding.
Speaking about his fitness and the season so far, Lynn said, “I was probably a little bit nervous early on but of late I can bat with freedom. I am certainly not 100 percent. For me batting is not an issue at all, that’s first and foremost priority. On the field, I am not fielding at the positions that I want to field in. I’m a little bit restricted there. But at the end of the day, if I score more runs then I’m doing my job. I think a big score is just around the corner.”
Interestingly Lynn was dropped from the Australian limited-overs squad that will travel to the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe in a few weeks time due to his niggling shoulder injury.
Even last season, Chris Lynn only played 7 matches for KKR before an injury ruled him out for the rest of the tournament. In those 7 innings, we saw glimpses of the player who has tormented bowlers at will eventually convincing KKR to spend a huge sum in the auction for him. The right-hander scored 295 runs at an average of 49.16 and a strike-rate of 180.98. With KKR still left with a lot to do this season, it is important they keep Lynn fit and in form as a good start by him would definitely make KKR the favourites against any team in the league.
Kolkata Knight Riders looking to build momentum ahead of the playoff round
Just a few hours back, Mumbai Indians secured a 13 run win against Kolkata Knight Riders but back at their home ground now, KKR will be eager to prevent a league double over them by MI and also breathe some life in their season, which has threatened to take off on many occasions but has eventually stumbled after a couple of games. Lynn is aware that in order to make it to the playoffs and even go further, the team needs to maintain complete focus, any leniency by them could spell an early end to the season for them.
“They got the better of us in Mumbai and we would definitely be looking to get one back. If we take our foot off the throat, we can find ourselves very quickly out of the competition. We want to make sure we are out there in the finals, making a run for the Cup,” Lynn said while concluding his interview with Sportstar.
After facing off against MI tonight, KKR will take on KXIP and RR on May 12th and May 15th respectively before wrapping up their group stage against league leaders SRH at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
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