New Delhi: Gujarat Lion skipper Suresh Raina conjured up a tenacious rearguard action to lead Gujarat Lions to a four-wicket win against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in an Indian Premier League game at the Eden Gardens on Friday.
In his 46-ball 84, Raina chalked up 9 fours and 4 sixes to bring up his second fifty of the season`s IPL also eclipsing Virat Kohli as the highest run-getter in the cash-rich T20 league. This was the former Chennai Super Kings batsman`s 30th half century in the competition. (KKR vs GL - As it happened | Match Report | Points Table)
The dashing left-hander made the most of a lifeline handed to him by wicketkeeper Robin Uthappa, who dropped his catch when he was batting on just 1 run.
Raina smashed Chris Woakes and Nathan Coulter-Nile for 18 and 16 runs respectively but fell to Kuldeep Yadav. Ravindra Jadeja, who was unbeaten on 19 with James Faulker for company at 4, hit the winning runs with a boundary.
For the visitors, skipper Raina was also the pick of the bowlers conceding just 11 runs in his two overs and taking the crucial wicket of Narine, who eclipsed Sri Lanka batting great Sanath Jayasuriya`s tally of 36 runs scored in boundaries when the dashing southpaw was playing for Mumbai Indians against Deccan Chargers.
Gujarat Lions next take on struggling Kings XI Punjab on Sunday.
(With IANS inputs)