Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Umesh boost for KKR, Lynn under observation

Chris Lynn, the biggest performer for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2017 with the bat, will be a big miss for the franchise as they look to host Kings XI Punjab at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.

Lynn had undergone surgery on the same shoulder in 2014 and the injury returned to haunt him, throwing his IPL campaign in disarray even as an official word was still awaited.

The latest injury was the third time Lynn had dislocated the same shoulder in the last two years.

Lynn clutched the joint in pain after attempting a catch to dismiss Jos Buttler in the outfield.

The KKR management has said its medical team would need a few days to establish Lynn's availability for the rest of the tournament. Lynn then made a 14-ball 32 against Mumbai Indians and was leading the run charts with 125 runs before the 10th match of the IPL. While KXIP have things going their way, KKR have swayed between the sublime and the ridiculous when they managed to beat Gujarat Lions by 10 wickets and then contrived to somehow lose to Mumbai Indians off the penultimate ball of their contest.

But the circumstances now have clearly changed and Kallis' news has definitely raised the hopes of the fans. Umesh missed KKR's first two matches - both away games - due to soreness in his right hip and lower back following a gruelling home season during which he played 12 Test matches. Ankit Rajpoot, who claimed three wickets in the match, experienced the bitter side of bowling in the death.

Making full use of his reprieve on 17, Vohra took charge on the KKR opening pace duo of Umesh and Trent Boult.

Coming to Punjab, last season's wooden spooners seem to have found their mojo early on this time.

Kings XI don't have a good record either at the Eden Gardens or opposite KKR.

Manish Pandey finished the match with a six to remain unbeaten on 25 alongside Gambhir after Robin Uthappa came up with a 26-run cameo.

Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell (captain), Manan Vohra, Axar Patel, David Miller, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhiman Saha, Nikhil Naik, Mohit Sharma, Marcus Stoinis, KC Cariappa, Armaan Jaffer, Pardeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, Hashim Amla, Varun Aaron, Eoin Morgan, Matt Henry, Rahul Tewatia, Martin Guptill, Darren Sammy, Rinku Singh, T. Natarajan.

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