IPL 2020: Mumbai Indians' announce arrival of Lynn in UAE
The explosive batsman is expected to add more firepower to the MI batting
Defending champions Mumbai Indians' power-packed batting line-up was given further boost as Australia's explosive opening batsman Chris Lynn joined ranks with rest of the team in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
Kolkata Knight Riders' loss is Mumbai Indians' gain as Lynn will team up with the likes of Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Hardik Pandya and Pollard.
Lynn, impressed in the previous IPL edition, scoring 405 runs from 13 games with an average of 31.15 including four half centuries. Lynn's ability to strike the ball will ease the pressure off Mumbai Indians' middle and lower-middle order.
The four-time IPL champions also informed that Lynn's compatriot James Pattinson and New Zealand's Trent Boult had joined the side last week.
Pattinson was signed by MI as a replacement for Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who will miss the 13th edition of the league because of personal reasons.
"James Pattinson will join the MI family, currently based in Abu Dhabi this weekend," said MI in the statement.
"James is the right fit for us and adds to our pace attack options available at hand, especially for the conditions we will play in this season in UAE," said MI team owner Akash Ambani.
Earlier, it was reported that Malinga won't be available in the early stages of the IPL as he wanted to be with his ailing father.
The 2020 edition of the IPL starts on September 19 and will be played in three bio-secure venues across the UAE.
Initially scheduled to start on March 29, the IPL had to be postponed and eventually moved out of India due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mumbai will be playing Chennai Super Kings in a repeat of the 2019 final in the opening match of the season.
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