Skipper Suresh Raina [84 off 46 balls] led from the front as Gujarat Lions defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets in their Indian Premier League [IPL] encounter at the Eden Gardens on Friday.
Coming into bat after Aaron Finch [31 off 15 balls] had got the visitors off to a rapid start, Raina took his time to get settled in before unleashing an array of big shots to guide his team to what was a comfortable victory in the end.
The 30-year-old also overtook Virat Kohli as the leading run-scorer in the history of the IPL during this knock which included nine fours and four sixes. Playing in his tenth IPL season, Raina now has 4,341 runs to his name.Chasing a target of 188, the Lions were in control for most parts of their innings after openers Finch and Brendon McCullum [33 off 17 balls] had got them off to a brilliant start – putting on 42 runs in just 3.3 overs. There was a bit of a collapse in the middle overs though, as Dinesh Karthik, Ishan Kishan, and Dwayne Smith were all dismissed for single-digit scores, but Raina was there to make sure that Gujarat kept the upper hand.