Chris Lynn blasts record in Abu Dhabi T10 League
CHRIS Lynn has gone nuts in the Abu Dhabi T10 League to score the highest total ever seen in T10 cricket.
Lynn's explosive knock of 91 runs from just 30 balls came just days after his rich $1.86 million-per-year deal from the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL was torn up.
Kolkata team officials will be losing sleep after Lynn delivered something the cricket world has never seen before in his man-of-the-match innings in his Maratha Arabians team's win over Team Abu Dhabi on Monday.
Lynn's knock of 91 surpassed English star Alex Hales' previous record of 87 runs from 32 deliveries, which was set in 2018.
Incredibly, Lynn was on track to score the first official hundred ever scored in T10 cricket - but was robbed of the chance to make more history when he was able to get on strike for just four balls in the final three overs as his team set an imposing score of 2-138 from its 10 overs at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
"Obviously when you get a bit closer you want to get (to a hundred)," the 29-year-old Lynn said.
The numbers behind Lynn's performance are mind-blowing.
He struck a boundary on more than 50 per cent of the balls he faced, finishing with nine fours and seven sixes in just 30 balls at the crease.
He finished with a strike rate of 303.33 - something normally reserved for Stick Cricket.
It was a stunning display of firepower that will have the Brisbane Heat licking its lips ahead of this summer's Big Bash - and have the Knight Riders kicking themselves.
Suddenly, Lynn looms as one of the marquee items heading into next year's 2020 IPL auction.
Lynn was one of 11 players cut from Kolkata alongside fellow stars Carlos Braithwaite, Robin Uthappa and Piyush Chawla last week.
His performance in the T10 league has not gone unnoticed - Former India batsman Yuvraj Singh on Monday told NDTV.com that Lynn's IPL team made a bad error to cut the Aussie 29-year-old.
"Chris (Lynn) was outstanding today, unbelievable hits," Yuvraj, who also plays for the Maratha Arabians, said.
"He is someone I have seen in the IPL. He has given some great starts to KKR. I really don't understand why they have not retained him. I think it is a bad call."
He wasn't the only one to be blow away by Lynn's hitting.
Chris Lynn finishes with a new T10 record high score of 91 not out off 30 balls with nine fours and seven sixes (Will Jacks' T10 hundred was an unofficial match). Absurd hitting from Lynn at what is a very large ground in Abu Dhabi. #T10League— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) November 18, 2019
Chris Lynn vs Team Abu Dhabi:— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) November 18, 2019
This is now the highest score by any player in the T10 League surpassing Alex Hales' 87* (32) in 2018.
Lynn had a chance to score the 1st century of T10 League but faced only four balls in last 3 overs. #T10League
Chris Lynn in Abu Dhabi overnight: 91* from 30 balls. Hit boundaries from more than half the balls he faced (9x4s, 7x6s). Warming up nicely for @HeatBBL— Adam Burnett (@AdamBurnett09) November 18, 2019
Chris Lynn celebrates the KKR release with a 30 ball 91 in Abu Dhabi 🙄— K Sudarshan (@SudarshanEMA) November 18, 2019