IPL 2017: Suresh Raina rises to the occasion, helps Gujarat Lions beat Kolkata Knight Riders

By: Express Web Desk | Kolkata | Published:April 22, 2017 12:08 am
Suresh Raina led Gujarat to win with a 84-run innings. (Source: BCCI)

As Gautam Gambhir walked backed to the pavillion, his face wore a tense look. Rain had set in in Kolkata and it was something that Gambhir was not hoping for. The Kolkata Knight Riders captain knew that Gujarat Lions were ahead on the Duckworth-Lewis method. And that was not good for his team. After five overs in their chase, Gujarat were 62 for the loss of one wicket and 21 runs ahead of the D/L method, chasing 188 against Kolkata.

But play resumed shortly after and Kolkata picked up four Gujarat wickets in quick time to reduce them to 122 for the loss of five wickets. Hoping they can still pull it back, Gambhir kept up the pressure up mixing up Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav and Sunil Narine in the bowling attack.

While the three bowlers did control the run flow, they could not control Suresh Raina, who single-handedly set up a four-wicket win for Gujarat at the Eden Gardens. The Gujarat captain played a 84-run innings off just 46 balls and made sure of his team’s second victory of the season.

Gujarat were on Raina never looked under pressure and attacked every KKR bowler. His knock consisted of nine fours and four sixes.

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