Lynn unleashes insane IPL madness
Australian master blaster Chris Lynn unleashed on Ravindra Jadeja but revenge was oh so sweet for the Indian star.
Lynn celebrated hitting 1000 IPL runs with a brutal onslaught for the Kolkata Knight Riders, slamming six sixes and seven fours in a 51-ball 82 against the ladder-leading Chennai Super Kings.
The Queenslander brutalised the bowling attack, moving from 63 to 81 in the space of three balls against Jadeja's left-arm spin.
But that was all she wrote for Lynn, hitting a single before he was dismissed by South African spinner Imran Tahir on the first ball of the 15th over, smashing a ball to the outfield but not quite hitting it well to clear the rope as it found the safe hands of a fielder in the deep.
Lynn's six sixes doubled his tally for the season so far with his second 50 in seven matches.
Lynn was replaced at the crease by Andre Russell, who has been in fine form in the IPL this season, but he lasted only four balls, during which he managed to hit a four and a six.
Tahir was the danger man for Kolkata, taking 4/27 - his best T20 figures.
Lynn had scored 82 of his side's 122 runs at the time he was dismissed with the side finishing 8/161.
Lynn said the pitch was two-paced early, making his effort all the more remarkable.
"We've got 160 on the board now so we need early wickets, otherwise it could be a slow night," he said in the inning break.
"We have got 160 on the board, so we need early wickets. I thought the wicket was two-paced earlier but it got better later. We lost wickets and that stopped the momentum.
"We need to get two or three wickets in the powerplay, you never know. We need to hit the top of the stumps, Chennai gave us a bit of width in the early overs."
But after going for 0/49 off his four overs, Jadeja was quick to get his revenge.
While the Knight Riders took to Jadeja, the spinner hit back with the bat, hitting 31 off 17 balls to get his side home with two balls to spare.
Lynn played a lone hand in the innings with the next highest score just 21 by Indian first-class batsman Nitish Rana.
The bowling innings started well for the Knight Riders with Harry Gurney taking Shane Watson's wicket for six off seven balls and Chennai was in trouble at 4/81 in the 12th over. But former Indian international Suresh Raina played a starring role with 58 off 42, while Jadeja provided the perfect support.
The Super Kings opened up a six-point buffer at the top of the ladder and the loss was the Knight Riders' third in a row.