On a slow wicket in Chennai, Mumbai Indians (MI) were off to a watchful start and team's captain Rohit Sharma was just getting in the zone when a mix-up with his opening partner Chris Lynn led to his run-out dismissal.
On the final delivery of the 4th over, the hard-hitting Australian placed the ball towards covers and charged down the pitch for a run before deciding against it. Rohit was halfway down the pitch by then as Virat Kohli capitalised on the opportunity to send his dangerous counterpart back in the pavilion.
A pressure on the face of Chris Lynn, playing in his first match for the 5-time champions was visible. He tried to make amends and scored 35-ball 49, the most by any batsman in his team on Friday's IPL 2021 season opener.
However, the 31-year-old feels that his 'not so ideal' mistake can make his first match for MI the last one as well.
"Look, obviously I was a bit nervous, no doubt about it. (It was my) first game for Mumbai, and it was the first time I was batting with Rohit as well. It happens in the game of cricket as well. I thought there was a run, and then obviously there wasn't a run. But yeah, if I had been able to run past him and sacrifice my wicket, I definitely would have done that, but it wasn't the case.
"As I said, it happens, but yeah, I put just a little bit more pressure on myself. It's not ideal, running out your captain in the first game. The first game could be my last, who knows? (laughs). But anyhow, it was a spur-of-the-moment thing, happens in the game. It would have been nice (if the runout didn't happen); he was striking the ball nicely, and we were 10 or 15 runs short in the end. He would have definitely made a difference, but there were plenty of factors in this game tonight, not just the run-out," Chris Lynn said in the post-match press conference.
Later, Chris Lynn took two catches, one which helped MI see the back of Glenn Maxwell, who was looking to finish the game early for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
The match went down the wire but AB de Villiers and Harshal Patel held his nerves to win the match with a single off the last ball of 20th over.
Lynn was playing in place of South African Quinton de Kock, who is currently serving the mandatory 7-day quarantine period after arriving in India earlier this week. The southpaw has been team's first choice wicketkeeper and opener from the last few seasons.