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January 2, 2018 Chris Lynn News
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Lynn opened with 63 off 46 not out including seven boundaries and three maximums in Tuesday's BBL victory over the Melbourne Stars.
In his recovery from shoulder surgery, Lynn looked like the batsman of yore who smashed the ball to the rope with impunity. He and Brendon McCullum partnered for 101 runs on the first wicket and needing just 144, they were able to take their foot off the gas pedal to walk to an easy nine-wicket victory with more than five overs to spare. This was Lynn's first half-century in any format since 9 May after missing more than six months thanks to his shoulder.
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Fantasy AnalysisThis is Lynn's third injury of the same shoulder in the past three years and while he said he's able to play through it, that he'd rather be at 90 or 100 percent than the 50 or so he's currently at. Lynn was supposed to play in the Caribbean Premier League and is unlikely to be available for the rest of the year, which means he'll miss Bangladesh's T20 league as well as Australia's proposed tour of India in September and October.
Fantasy AnalysisSince returning from a shoulder injury on Sunday, Lynn hasn't missed a beat in the crease. After a rapid-fire 50 in his first match back, Lynn was as terrifying as ever on Tuesday, finding the boundary 11 times in 52 balls and finishing with a strike rate of 161.53. Somehow for the tournament, his strike rate sits at 186.33 with an average of 86.33 and has more runs in just four matches than established stars such as Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma in twice (or more) as many matches.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter missing the past month with a dislocated shoulder from attempting to make a diving catch, Lynn returned ahead of schedule and formed one of the most impressive partnerships of the season thus far. With Sunil Narine batting at an otherworldly 317.64 strike rate, Lynn wasn't too far behind, finding the boundary quicker than every third ball for his second half-century of the tournament in just three innings to give him 175 for the tournament, outscoring batsmen like Karun Nair and Chris Gayle despite playing a fraction of the games.
Fantasy AnalysisChasing a respectably large score of 183, Lynn showed once again how he can take a game completely away from the opposition, as he did in the BBL. His massive 93 not out came from a mere 41 balls and included eight massive sixes in his favourite zones of straight down the ground and over mid-wicket. This score comes off the back of the fantastic BBL season, where Lynn was in the top-5 run-scorers, despite playing only five innings compared to at least eight from the rest and finishing with an astonishing average of 154.50 and strike rate of 177.58.
Fantasy AnalysisLynn missed out on the second ODI loss against Pakistan at the MCG and it has now been confirmed that he will miss the remainder of the five-match ODI series and also the upcoming Chappell-Hadlee series against New Zealand.
Fantasy AnalysisLynn's form in the BBL has been to good to ignore for the Australian selectors, he's currently the leading run-scorer with 309 runs from five matches. "Everyone loves what he's brought to the T20 format, now the challenge for him is to do that in the one-day format, which we know he can," Australia coach Darren Lehmann said.
Fantasy AnalysisComing to the crease in the third over, Lynn made light work of the total of set by the Scorchers and together with Brendon McCullum finished the game by the 14th over. His score of 98 not out extended his lead atop the rankings for most runs in the tournament, hitting 309 runs altogether in just five innings. His knock of 98 included an incredible 11 sixes.
Fantasy AnalysisLynn came to the crease early to join his captain Brendon McCullum and together the pair took the game away from the Hobart side, putting on 109 for the second wicket when McCullum was dismissed. Lynn continued on to score 84 runs from 50 deliveries in a knock that contained seven sixes, including one that went 121 metres and cleared the stadium.
Fantasy AnalysisLynn had a tremendous CPL, leading the run charts with 454 runs and has shown incredible promise in his short tenure as an international batsman. This is his third consecutive year succumbing to a shoulder injury, having previously torn his rotator cuff in his left shoulder prior to the 2014-15 season and injured the same shoulder in September 2015. The severity of Lynn's injury is still unclear, but if he's forced to miss any real length of time, it will be another major setback in what was once such a promising career. Lynn will be replaced by George Bailey for the first match of the series while Matthew Wade will stick around for both.
Fantasy AnalysisQualifier 1 went to the Amazon Warriors, who also finished at the top of the table in the regular season, as they beat the Tallawahs with two balls to spare to go straight through to the final. Lynn was key to the win, hitting 49 from 47 balls including three sixes as he anchored the Amazon Warriors' winning innings. The knock also sent him to the top of the most runs leaderboard with 447 runs for the campaign to date.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter Nic Maddinson's time in the crease mercifully ended in the fourth, Lynn put up his top score of the tournament, forming a century partnership with Dwayne Smith that lasted nearly 12 overs and was only caught out by a tremendous play in the field. The 26-year-old Australian now leads the CPL in runs scored with 332, passing Hashim Amla for that title.
Fantasy AnalysisProvidence Stadium has been far more conducive to bowlers than batsmen in this tournament, with perseverance the commonality in most fruitful batting displays. After Lendl Simmons supplied nearly half of the Patriots' runs in the first innings -- 50 of 108 -- the Amazon Warriors' subsequent chase endured the loss of Dwayne Smith in the second over, but the ensuing partnership between Martin Guptill and Chris Lynn reaped ample rewards. Guptill was the aggressor, powering a 60-run stand with four sixes and three fours, and following his exit in the eighth, Lynn continued to construct a more traditional innings in his home confines. Although Lynn moved on at less than a run per ball and just one other teammate (Sohail Tanvir) reached double-digit runs, Guyana put a bow on the game with nearly four overs left.
Fantasy AnalysisRuns, let alone boundaries, were few and far between in this match. The precedent was set upon Chris Gayle's exit via LBW on the second ball, but nary a Tallawah found much fluency outside of Rovman Powell (38) and Shakib Al Hasan (25). Chasing down 100 shouldn't have been too tall of a task, with the Guyana Amazon Warriors boasting an opening pair of Dwayne Smith and Martin Guptill. However, both were sent to the showers in the fourth, putting the impetus on Lynn for a sustained run in the crease. A 42-run stand with Jason Mohammed for the third wicket brought the innings back into focus, while Lynn and Anthony Bramble put together 48 off 28 to wrap up the contest with 12 balls to spare.
Fantasy AnalysisIn contrast to a first innings in which Colin Munro's unbeaten century was met by silent bats on the other end, Lynn found fluent teammates aplenty in this match. Confronted with a target of 162, Dwayne Smith opened with a flurry, notching two sixes and three fours within his first 12 balls. In the fourth, Smith's dismissal LBW brought Lynn together with captain Martin Guptill, who continued his near run-per-ball pace until he was bowled in the 10th. After that 45-run stand, Lynn ramped up the onslaught as the death commenced, striking five of his sixes in the span of 13 balls at one point. Lynn suffered the same fate as Smith in the 19th, but not before whittling down the requirement to eight from the final 10 balls.
Fantasy AnalysisLynn entered after Chadwick Walton's dismissal in the third and promptly got down to business, striking three fours and one six within his first six deliveries. During his sole partnership, Lynn saddled up with Chris Gayle for 85 off 62, which equates to a healthy run rate of 8.22. In his T20 career, the 25-year-old Lynn has posted a 29.13 average and 140.54 strike rate across 43 innings.