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Suresh Raina powers Gujarat Lions to second win this season

Suresh Raina led from the front for Gujarat Lions
Suresh Raina led from the front for Gujarat Lions
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Gujarat Lions 188-6 (Raina 84no) beat
Kolkata Knight Riders 187-5 (Uthappa 72) by four wickets
23rd match, Indian Premier League, Kolkata
Scorecard

Suresh Raina scored a brilliant 46-ball 84 as Gujarat Lions chased down 188 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders in 18.2 overs to win the 23rd game of Indian Premier League by four wickets at Eden Gardens.

Gujarat Lions won the toss and decided to field first. Kolkata Knight Riders decided to open the innings with Sunil Narine (42) as he struck nine boundaries and a six in the first three overs to take the total to 44 for naught.

Raina (1-11) introduced himself in the fourth over and straightaway created an impact by having Narine caught at midwicket.

Robin Uthappa (72) was handed a reprieve when he was dropped by Aaron Finch in the final over of the powerplay by the end of which Kolkata Knight Riders posted 65 for one. Gujarat Lions made a brief comeback as they conceded 31 runs in the next four overs to pull back things.

James Faulkner (1-38) provided the breakthrough when he had Gautam Gambhir (33) caught in the deep but Uthappa went on to compile a fine 36-ball fifty.

Kolkata managed 46 runs in the final five overs riding on some late hitting from Uthappa and a four-ball cameo from Yusuf Pathan (11 not out) to end the innings at 187 for five in the 20 overs.

In the chase, Finch (31) provide a blistering start hitting four boundaries and two sixes to take the visitors to 40 for naught in the first three overs.

Even though, Nathan Coulter-Nile (2-41) managed to get Finch in the fourth over, McCullum (33) struck two boundaries and a six in the next three deliveries to keep the pressure on Knight Riders.

Just as Gujarat reached 62 for one after the end of five overs, a 20-minute rain delay slowed down the proceedings and in the second over on resumption, Chris Woakes (1-20) had the former Black Caps captain caught at sweeper cover and in the next over Coulter-Nile got his second wicket snaring Dinesh Karthik (3).

The wickets continued to tumble as Gujarat lost two more wickets in Ishan Kishan (4) and Dwayne Smith (5) but Raina (84) continued his onslaught and reached a 32-ball fifty.

Between overs 15 and 17, Raina plundered two sixes and three boundaries to bring down the target to 17 runs off the final 18 deliveries. Kuldeep Yadav (2-33) managed to dismiss Raina in the 18th over but Ravindra Jadeja (19 not out) ensured Gujarat reached the target in 18.2 overs.

Raina was awarded the man of the match for his brilliant batting performance as Gujarat sealed their second win this season.

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