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Sunday, 7 April 2019

Smith fumes after Lynn's insane escape


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It was the massive stroke of good fortune that left Chris Lynn looking bemused and Steve Smith shaking his head.

Lynn made a quickfire 50 from just 32 to lead Kolkata Knight Riders to victory in their IPL match against Smith’s Rajasthan Royals, but his innings so nearly came to an early end.

Facing Dhawal Kulkarni in just the fourth over of the innings, Lynn got an inside edge to a good length ball, which then hit the outside of the leg stump.

The zing bails lit up, and then dropped back into their groove, as the ball raced to the fine leg boundary to add insult to injury for the bowler.

Presumably having heard the ball hit stump behind him, Lynn had started to walk off before the players realised what had happened.

The incident left commentator Simon Doull stunned.

“The bails stayed on, you’re kidding me,” the former New Zealand international said.

“Oh my goodness, that has crashed into leg stump.”

Kulkarni had extra reason to feel aggrieved, having had Lynn’s opening partner, Sunil Narine, dropped the previous ball.

It’s the third time during IPL 2019 that the heavier zing bails have refused to fall after the ball has hit the stumps.

“I know the issue around this and it’s because the bails have to be so much heavier and that is part and parcel of having these wonderful stumps and bails that light up,” Doull said after Lynn’s non-dismissal.

“But it is a life and a genuine life for Chris Lynn.”

Lynn’s innings meant KKR passed Rajasthan’s total of 139 in just 13.5 overs.

Earlier, Smith made his highest score of the IPL, an unbeaten 73 off 59 balls.

It’s his first half century of the tournament, putting to rest any lingering doubts over his form following his 12 month suspension following the ball-tampering scandal, and an elbow injury that required surgery in January.

He’s all but certain to be named in Australia’s squad later this month for the upcoming World Cup in England.

It was the massive stroke of good fortune that left Chris Lynn looking bemused and Steve Smith shaking his head.

Lynn made a quickfire 50 from just 32 to lead Kolkata Knight Riders to victory in their IPL match against Smith’s Rajasthan Royals, but his innings so nearly came to an early end.

Facing Dhawal Kulkarni in just the fourth over of the innings, Lynn got an inside edge to a good length ball, which then hit the outside of the leg stump.

The zing bails lit up, and then dropped back into their groove, as the ball raced to the fine leg boundary to add insult to injury for the bowler.

Presumably having heard the ball hit stump behind him, Lynn had started to walk off before the players realised what had happened.

The incident left commentator Simon Doull stunned.

“The bails stayed on, you’re kidding me,” the former New Zealand international said.

“Oh my goodness, that has crashed into leg stump.”

Kulkarni had extra reason to feel aggrieved, having had Lynn’s opening partner, Sunil Narine, dropped the previous ball.

It’s the third time during IPL 2019 that the heavier zing bails have refused to fall after the ball has hit the stumps.

“I know the issue around this and it’s because the bails have to be so much heavier and that is part and parcel of having these wonderful stumps and bails that light up,” Doull said after Lynn’s non-dismissal.

“But it is a life and a genuine life for Chris Lynn.”

Lynn’s innings meant KKR passed Rajasthan’s total of 139 in just 13.5 overs.

Earlier, Smith made his highest score of the IPL, an unbeaten 73 off 59 balls.

It’s his first half century of the tournament, putting to rest any lingering doubts over his form following his 12 month suspension following the ball-tampering scandal, and an elbow injury that required surgery in January.

He’s all but certain to be named in Australia’s squad later this month for the upcoming World Cup in England.

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