Australia opener Chris Lynn finally made his debut for Mumbai Indians (MI) after warming the bench for the whole IPL 2020 in the UAE. He was bought by the MI team in IPL 2020 auctions after being released by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for his base price but didn’t get to play a single game that season.
This is because MI has Quinton de Kock as their opener and keeper for the last 2-3 seasons and he has done amazingly well at the top, giving MI tremendous starts at the top with captain Rohit Sharma. Also, Lynn’s weaknesses against spin have kept him on the bench for IPL 2020 due to spin-friendly pitches in UAE.
Chris Lynn Debuts For MI, Makes 49 Before Getting Out To Washington Sundar
In the first match of the IPL 2021, Mumbai Indians faced Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and were asked to bat first after Virat Kohli surprisingly won the toss and chose to bowl first. Rohit Sharma announced Chris Lynn was making his MI debut and would open the innings with him.
MI got a decent start, which picked up pace after a couple of overs. However, Rohit Sharma was run out for 19 in 15 balls, but Chris Lynn, who was a bit quiet at the start, broke the shackles and slammed 3 sixes and 4 fours in his knock of 49 runs in just 35 balls. He was looking good for more, but it took a mishit which went straight up for him to be dismissed.
Credit must also go to Washington Sundar, the bowler, who was hit for a four on his first ball of the match but came back strongly to dismiss Lynn. The mishit went towards mid-on, but Sundar sprinted back and kept his eyes on the ball. He had to reach out for the catch a bit but was able to grasp it comfortably, bringing Lynn’s insanity to an end.
This might be Lynn’s last appearance for a long time for MI as well, as Quinton de Kock will be available for their next match in the IPL 2021.
Here is the video of the catch: