He may have started off as an experimental opener in this season, but Sunil Narine has suddenly become one of the big guns in the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batting line-up in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. On Sunday night, Narine teamed up with Chris Lynn to dismantle the struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) side. Chasing a tricky target of 159 to win, Narine and Lynn wreaked havoc on the RCB bowlers. They added a record 105 runs off a mere 36 balls, setting a new record in the IPL Powerplay overs. Narine recorded the joint-fastest half-century in IPL history, off a mere 15 balls. On the other hand, Lynn smacked a 22-ball 50. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: RCB vs KKR, Match 46
Talking about their partnership, Narine revealed in a video released by BCCI that he enjoys batting with the Lynn, who had missed several games in between for Kolkata Knight Riders: “Chris told me to stay simple, stay still and do not move too much. I think he could not have given me a better advice than that. Opening with Lynn… he makes it easier. You just have to try and get a single and give him back the strike but if you get going it is very good for the team and helps the team to get a big total.”
Though Lynn had to several games after suffering a shoulder injury, Narine does not think feel his partner has lost with bat: “I think Lynn has full control on his ability and he has had a lot of success batting. He just continued from where he left off and never forgot how to bat.”
On asked if Lynn has any mercy on the bowlers, Narine said, “I would not say he feels for the bowlers because at the end of the day because once you step on the field it becomes a competition. As a bowler [read batsman] you got to know what is going in a bowler’s mind, try for your best and hopefully it comes off on a day.”
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