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Man of the Match, Chris Lynn says that he is very comfortable with his role at Kolkata. He though adds that he wants to be consistent as one good game doesn't make it special. Hopes that he can continue the momentum as that will please him the most. Adds that he enjoys the ball coming on the bat. Says that is happy to bat with Gambhir who is a good player of spin so they can rotate the strike at will. Mentions that it was a good flat wicket for the batsman and he enjoyed batting on it.
Kolkata skipper, Gautam Gambhir reckons that it was a perfect start to the tournament for them. Applauds Chris Lynn for the way he batted at the start. Credits his bowlers for bowling really well throughout the first innings. Appreciates his spinners for bowling well in tight situations. Mentions that they know how dangerous Lynn is and they are going to give him a long run. Mentions that there is always room for improvement and they will look to work on their fielding. Ends by saying that the team will look to play around Chris Lynn.
Gujarat skipper, Suresh Raina feels that 180 was a good total on the board. Rues the lack of experience in the bowling department. Adds that he and Dinesh Karthik batted really well in the middle. Acknowledges the fact that Gujarat missed world class players in Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo. Applauds Dinesh Karthik for batting really well and congratulates him for having a fantastic domestic season. Also lauds the batting from Jason Roy and Brendon McCullum.
Gujarat will be utterly disappointed with the game. They huffed and puffed their way to post this total but the batting from Kolkata made a mockery of Gujarat's effort. None of the bowlers posed a threat to the batsmen and skipper Suresh Raina will want to ensure his team gets over this loss pretty soon.
Both Chris Lynn and Gautam Gambhir began aggressively and never let the Gujarat bowlers settle. Lynn in particular was not holding himself back. He found the fence at regular intervals as the bowlers for the hosts wilted under pressure of the assault. Both the Kolkata openers notched up their fifties and took their team home with ages to spare.
Woah! That was real quick from Kolkata! Chasing a score of 184, Gujarat would have expected a close contest but this has been a mauling. Kolkata have raced away to a smashing victory in just 14.5 overs without losing a single wicket. Gujarat didn't know what hit them but the visitors have begun the tournament with aplomb.
Dhawal Kulkarni to Chris Lynn
All over! Kolkata have annihilated Gujarat here! Low full toss outside off, Lynn drills it to sweeper cover. There is a slight hesitation as Manpreet Gony fumbles in the deep but they take the couple. That's it. KOLKATA WIN BY 10 WICKETS!
Fuller in line of the stumps, slower in pace, Lynn looks to go big but gets an inside edge towards square leg for a couple. The bowler himself had to run to the ball to stop it.
WIDE! Sprays this wider outside off. Lynn lets it go. Another wide signaled.
SIX! Short outside off, Lynn gets behind it and drills it over long on for a maximum. We are running out of words now.
FOUR! And another one! Shorter in length, Lynn looks to pull it over mid-wicket. Dwayne Smith runs in from long leg, dives forward but cannot get to it. The ball trickles into the fence.
SIX! Just not your day, Gujarat! Low full toss outside off, Lynn looks to go over long off but seems to have found the fielder. Brendon McCullum gets under it at long off but parries it over the ropes for a maximum.
WIDE! Sprays it wide outside off, left alone by Lynn. A wide is signaled.
Dhawal Kulkarni returns for a bowl.
Time out taken, Lynn and Gambhir have made this look like a stroll in the park. Kolkata need 22 from 36 balls.
Shivil Kaushik to Gautam Gambhir
Flatter outside off, Gambhir looks to dab it down to third man but fails to put bat to ball.
Shivil Kaushik to Chris Lynn
Lands it around off, heaved through backward square leg for a single.
Bowls it around off, Lynn defends it towards short mid-wicket. The batsmen look for a single but the bowler goes to his right and stops the ball and prevents the single.
Drops it shorter around off, dabbed towards short third man for a single.