IPL 2017, Highlights: Suresh Raina’s brilliance guides Gujarat Lions to a 4-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders
Suresh Raina’s 46-ball 84 and contributions from Aaron Finch and Brendon McCullum at the top guided Gujarat Lions to a four-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens. Get full cricket score of Kolkata Knight Riders vs Gujarat Lions hereUpdated: Apr 22, 2017 00:10 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Gujarat Lions defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets to seal their second win in 2017 Indian Premier League. Chasing a target of 188, Aaron Finch and Brendon McCullum got the visitors off to a flier but lost their wickets in a span of three overs. Skipper Suresh Raina then rose to the occasion and with a timely half-century, he guided his team to a much-needed win with 10 balls remaining. GL are now seventh in IPL 2017 standings while KKR are second with four wins in six matches. Earlier, Robin Uthappa’s 48-ball 72 and makeshift opener Sunil Narine’s blitzkrieg propelled the hosts to 187/5. Get live cricket score of Kolkata Knight Riders vs Gujarat Lions here. (SCORECARD | STREAMING INFO)
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Raina (Man of the Match): “It was an important game for us and we bowled pretty well. We came back pretty strongly. Then, me, Baz and Jaddu had a good partnership. It was important to play proper cricketing shots, there was no need to play cross-batted shots. Basil is a very good prospect for Gujarat. Faulkner was also great, got Gautam Gambhir out, overall, it was a great team effort. It was important for me to be out there and keep calm when wickets fell. I think batting looks good, we can still improve our bowling. we have been giving away lots of runs in the first six overs. If we are looking to finish on top, we need to minimise mistakes.”
Gambhir: “I thought the total was enough, especially with the attack we have, but the way Finchy and McCullum batted, they removed the entire pressure from the middle order. The wicket was still a bit sticky in the first innings, but Lions are a batting-heavy side. We still have a lot of positives to take from the match. We need to give credit to the opposition at times. It;s always that someone like Raina keeps getting runs, not against us, obviously. At the start of the tournament, we would have taken four out of six.”
23:44 hrs IST: FOUR! And that’s it. GL beat KKR by four wickets to register their second win in IPL 2017. What an innings from Raina! Single-handedly won it for his side.
23:41 hrs IST: WICKET! Raina c Pandey b Kuldeep 80(46). GL need 8 off 13
23:38 hrs IST: Single off the last ball for Jadeja. GL need 16 off 18.
23:37 hrs IST: SIX! Lovely from Raina. Slower delivery, onto his pads, Raina flicks it over deep square leg boundary.
23:35 hrs IST: FOUR! Magnificent from Raina. Captain’s innings from him. Just when GL needed it the most.
23:33 hrs IST: FOUR! Length ball from Coulter-Nile, Raina makes slight room and smacks it straight past the bowler.
23:30 hrs IST: Eight runs off the last two balls. GL well on track. They need 33 off 24.
23:26 hrs IST: FOUR! Much needed boundary for Raina. Would release some pressure. GL need 42 off 30.
23:21 hrs IST: GL need 55 off 36. Raina 50*, Jadeja 3*
23:17 hrs IST: Jadeja is in at No. 7
23:15 hrs IST: OUT! Smith b Umesh 5(4). GL need 66 off 44.
23:11 hrs IST: WICKET! Kishan c Umesh b Kuldeep 4(11). The southpaw really looked uncomfortable throughout his stay at the crease. Need of the hour for GL is a partnership.
23:08 hrs IST: Couple of boundaries for Raina. Just what the visitors need here. GL require 78 off 54.
23:05 hrs IST: Tidy start from Kuldeep. Just three runs off his first over. GL need 89 off 60.
23:03 hrs IST: Kuldeep Yadav now.
23:01 hrs IST: Just three runs off the next four balls. GL need 92 off 66. Raina 23*, Kishan 2*. Strategic time-out.
22:58 hrs IST: SIX! Short and wide from Woakes and Raina pulls it over fine-leg boundary.
22:57 hrs IST: FOUR! Length delivery from Woakes, Raina makes room and slaps it inside-out over cover.
22:55 hrs IST: Dot ball. GL need 105 off 72 balls.
22:52 hrs IST: OUT! Karthik c Gambhir b Coulter-Nile 3(3). GL need a big partnership.
22:49 hrs IST: FOUR! Short and wide from Woakes and Raina cuts it past the backward point region. GL require 109 off 78.
22:46 hrs IST: OUT! Big blow for GL. McCullum c Pandey b Woakes 33(17).
22:44 hrs IST: Single for Raina. GL need 116 off 84.
22:42 hrs IST: FOUR! Fuller length, McCullum gets down on one knee and sweeps it through backward square leg.
22:40 hrs IST: Shakib again.He has been very costly so far.
22:32 hrs IST: Play to resume at 22:40, eight minutes from now.
22:25 hrs IST: Good news. Rain has stopped. Covers are coming off.
22:16 hrs IST: GL are 21 ahead of the D/L par score.
22:12 hrs IST: And... rain arrives. Slight drizzle. Shouldn’t be a lengthy delay. We’ll keep you updated.
22:09 hrs IST: Coulter-Nile seems to have hurt his right shoulder while diving to save a boundary from McCullum, GL are 62/1 in five overs. McCullum 27*, Raina 2*
22:06 hrs IST: Six and a Four! Coulter-Nile has been taken to cleaners by the former New Zealand skipper. GL are 56/1 after 4 overs. McCullum 23*, Raina 0*
22:04 hrs IST: FOUR! And that’s doesn’t stop McCullum from playing his natural game. Short of a length and McCullum cuts it hard to backward point region.
22:02 hrs IST: OUT! Coulter-Nile gets his first. Finch departs for 31(15). GL 42/1
22:00 hrs IST: Coulter -Nile comes into the attack. He took three wickets in KKR’s last game vs DD.
21:58 hrs IST: SIX! It’s just too easy for the Australian. Flighted delivery and he launches it into the long-on stands. GL are 40/0 after 3 overs. Finch 31*, McCullum 8*
21:57 hrs IST: FOUR! Finch on fire. Touch short, Finch rocks back and smacks it to wide long-on boundary. Moves to 21.
21:56 hrs IST: Three boundaries in a row from Finch. GL off to a blistering start. (25/0)
21:54 hrs IST: Narine now. Spin from both ends. The thing that I like the most about Gambhir - he’s a thinking captain.
21:53 hrs IST: Dot ball to finish off. GL are 9/0 after first over.
21:51 hrs IST: FOUR! Flighted delivery from Shakib and McCullum blazes it past the bowler for his first boundary.
21:50 hrs IST: Shakib to start the proceedings for KKR. Finch to take strike.
21:49 hrs IST: Welcome back!
21:33 hrs IST: Single for Shakib and that’s it. KKR finish on 187/5, their highest score in IPL 2017. We’ll be back in a few minutes time with GL’s reply.
21:28 hrs IST: OUT! Thampi gets rid of Pandey 24(21) with an inswinging yorker. Suryakumar Yadav is the next man in.
21:26 hrs IST: Thampi to bowl the final six balls.
21:25 hrs IST: Consecutive boundaries for Pathan. Another expensive over from Praveen. KKR are 180/3 after 19 overs.
21:22 hrs IST: WICKET! Uthappa departs for a well-made 72(48). Praveen takes his first scalp of the night.
21:20 hrs IST: Praveen to bowl the penultimate over.
21:19 hrs IST: Four runs off the last three balls. KKR are 168/2 after 18 overs. Uthappa 72*, Pandey 18*
21:16 hrs IST: SIX! Juicy full-toss and Uthappa hammers it into the deep mid-wicket stands. Was there to be hit.
21:15 hrs IST: FOUR! Overpitched from Thampi and Uthappa lifts it to wide long-off with for one bounce four.
21:13 hrs IST: KKR are 154/2 after 17 overs. Uthappa 61*, Pandey 15*
21:08 hrs IST: Two runs off the last ball for Pandey. KKR are 149/2 after 16 overs. Strategic time-out.
21:06 hrs IST: FOUR! Full-toss from Thampi and Uthappa flicks it to fine-leg boundary. He needs to stay till the end.
21:04 hrs IST: KKR are 141/2 after 15 overs. Uthappa 52*, Pandey 11*
21:02 hrs IST: FOUR! And that’s fifty for Uthappa. His 19th in IPL. A well-constructed innings!
21:01 hrs IST: FOUR! Good length ball from Jadeja, Uthappa just uses the pace of it and works it to the left of the fielder at short third-man.
21:00 hrs IST: Jadeja to bowl his last over. He has been pretty economical so far.
20:58 hrs IST: KKR are 132/2 after 14 overs. Uthappa 44*, Pandey 10*. 180 seems very much gettable.
20:54 hrs IST: Six off Jadeja’s third. Not allowing both Uthappa and Pandey to go for their shots. KKR are 122/2 after 13 overs.
20:51 hrs IST: Good comeback by Faulkner. Seven runs and a wicket. KKR are 116/2 after 12 overs.
20:49 hrs IST: OUT! Gambhir c Raina b Faulkner 33(28). Just the scalp the visitors wanted.
20:47 hrs IST: Faulkner comes in for his second over.
20:45 hrs IST: FOUR! Third boundary for Uthappa. Looks in great form. KKR are 109/1 after 11 overs.
20:42 hrs IST: SIX! Back of a length delivery from Dhawal, Uthappa gets into position quickly and pulls it hard over deep mid-wicket boundary.
20:41 hrs IST: Gamhir-Uthappa keeping it simple. Dealing in singles doubles and punishing all the loose balls. KKR are 96/1 after 10 overs.
20:38 hrs IST: Smith to continue.
20:36 hrs IST: Expensive over from Jadeja. 11 runs off it. KKR are 88/1 after 9 overs. It’s time-out.
20:35 hrs IST: SIX! Tossed up and Gambhir launches it over mid-wicket for a maximum. Can’t get any better.
20:33 hrs IST: KKR are 77/1 after 8 overs. Uthappa 17*, Gambhir 17*
20:30 hrs IST: Dwayne Smith. Fifth bowling change from Raina.
20:29 hrs IST: Decent start from Jadeja. Six runs off his first over. KKR are 71/1 after 7 overs.
20:26 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja now
20:25 hrs IST: Single off the last ball for Uthappa. KKR are 65/1 after 6 overs. Uthappa 12*, Gambhir 11*
20:24 hrs IST: FOUR! Length ball from Raina, Uthappa gets down on one knee and sweeps it to deep square leg boundary.
20:23 hrs IST: Raina to bowl the last over of powerplay.
20:22 hrs IST: Single for Gambhir. He moves to 9. KKR are 57/1 after 5 overs.
20:21 hrs IST: FOUR! Poor delivery from Dhawal. Full and wide and Gambhir just helps it to extra cover for his first boundary.
20:20 hrs IST: Dhawal Kulkarni now.
20:19 hrs IST: Excellent from Raina. Just three runs and a wicket. KKR are 47/1 after 4 overs.
20:17 hrs IST: Uthappa is in at No. 3
20:16 hrs IST: OUT! Narine c Faulkner b Raina 42(17). It is pertinent to mention that all his runs came in boundaries.
20:15 hrs IST: Raina brings himself into the attack. Can he get the better of Narine?
20:14 hrs IST: A rare dot ball. KKR are 44/0 after 3 overs.
20:13 hrs IST: SIX! What a shot! Length ball, Narine goes to his leg side and lifts it over mid-off. Moves to 42 in no-time. Simply brilliant!
20:12 hrs IST: FOUR! Full-toss from Thampi, Narine makes room and slices it over point.
20:11 hrs IST: FOUR! Shorter length, Narine moves towards his leg side and pulls it to long-on.
20:09 hrs IST: Basil Thampi comes in as the first change. Dwayne Bravo expects this pacer to play for India soon.
20:08 hrs IST: Three boundaries in a row. Narine on fire. Not allowing Faulkner to adjust his length. 17 runs off the over. KKR are 29/0 after 2 overs.
20:06 hrs IST: FOUR! Fullish delivery from Faulkner, Narine clears the front leg and smokes it past extra cover.
20:05 hrs IST: James Faulkner from the other end.
20:04 hrs IST: FOUR! Good length ball, this time Narine lofts it in the gap between mid-on and mid-wicket. Three boundaries to start off with. KKR are 12/0 after first over.
20:03 hrs IST: FOUR! Length delivery, Narine comes down the track and pummels it over mid-off.
20:01 hrs IST: FOUR! Narine off the mark. Inswinger from Praveen, the southpaw picks it well and flicks it in the air towards deep square leg boundary.
20:00 hrs IST: Third time Narine has come out to open.
19:59 hrs IST: Time for live action. Gambhir and Narine make their way out in the middle. Praveen to bowl the first over.
19:49 hrs IST: ICC Champions Trophy warm-up schedule announced. Virat Kohli-led India to play two games heading into their first tie vs Pakistan.
19:42 hrs IST:Tim Southee keeps Mumbai Indians bus waiting for this bizarre reason.
19:35 hrs IST: Faulkner gets his first game of the season. Praveen Kumar comes in for Shivil Kaushik. As for KKR, Shakib Al Hasan replaces New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme.
19:33 hrs IST: Playing XI -
GL: Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina(c), Aaron Finch, Dinesh Karthik(wk), Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Praveen Kumar, Basil Thampi, Dhawal Kulkarni
KKR: Gautam Gambhir(c), Robin Uthappa(wk), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Woakes, Sunil Narine, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav
19:32 hrs IST: Gujarat Lions have won the toss and have elected to bowl first.
19:26 hrs IST: Toss in a short while.
19:22 hrs IST:Suresh Raina (4257) needs just eight runs to overtake Virat Kohli (4264) as highest run-getter in IPL.
19:20 hrs IST: This will be the fourth match between the two teams in IPL.
19:15 hrs IST: The Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians game (on Thursday) capped off six centuries of matches over 10 years of the Indian Premier League. Big achievement!
STAT ATTACK - Kolkata Knight Riders’ skipper Gautam Gambhir needs just one fifty plus innings to become the second Indian after Virat Kohli and fifth batsman overall to make 50 or more fifty plus scores in Twenty-20 cricket
19:08 hrs IST: A warm welcome to our live coverage of match 23 of IPL 2017 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Lions.
High on confidence following a hat-trick of victories, two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders would look to continue their winning streak against Gujarat Lions. (STANDINGS)
With two home and two away wins from five matches, in-form KKR are on a roll, quite contrast to the campaign of Gujarat who finished the league stages on top last season but are yet to find their rhythm this year with just one victory out of five.
There has been no individual hero for Kolkata Knight Riders in their journey so far and every player is backing each other. That has not only helped them overcome hurdles but played a key role in their smooth campaign.
But for the Suresh Raina-led Gujarat Lions, nothing is going right, be it their batting or bowling, especially the spin department which has let-down the team badly.
First Published: Apr 21, 2017 18:38 IST