IPL 2017, Match 23: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Gujarat Lions — As it happened...
The Lions finally roared, and breached a seemingly impregnable Kolkata Knight Riders fortress at Eden Gardens thanks to a superlative performance from Gujarat captain Suresh Raina.
Skipper Suresh Raina led from the front to help struggling Gujarat Lions to a comprehensive four-wicket win over two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders. Chasing a challenging 188-run target set by KKR, Raina led from the front with a blistering 46-ball 84-run knock. He also took a wicket, that of Sunil Narine, to break the KKR opening stand. He was ably supported by Brendon McCullum (33) and Aaron Finch (31) who stitched 42 runs off just 21 balls for the opening stand to get Gujarat Lions' chase off to a flier.
Over 18 || Score 183/6 - Ravindra Jadeja 15(12b); James Faulkner 3(1b)
Skipper Suresh Raina played a brilliant knock, helping the Gujarat Lions hope again. Hit a six, then offered his wicket. Manish Pandey took the catch at point.
WICKET: Suresh Raina c Manish Pandey b Kuldeep Yadav 84 (46b)
That happened off the fifth ball, and the very next ball, Ravindra Jadeja almost lost his wicket. A tight third run, that's not needed.
Kuldeep Yadav thus ended his spell, for figures of 4-0-33-2.
12 runs from the over. Five needed of 12 balls.
Over 17 || Score 171/5 - Suresh Raina 77(43b); Ravindra Jadeja 13(10b)
Nathan Coulter-Nile returned for his third over. Suresh Raina welcomed him with a four, a straight drive. A dot ball followed, then the Lions skipper played the third ball past backward point. It was followed by a well-timed six, over deep square leg. Two singles to end the 16-run over.
Raina & Co need another 17 runs from 18 balls.
Over 16 || Score 155/5 - Suresh Raina 62(38b); Ravindra Jadeja 12(9b)
Sunil Narine, on with his last over, started well. A single to Suresh Raina, then three dot balls to Ravindra Jadeja.
But off the fifth ball, Jadeja failed to time his slog sweep and took a top-edge, which travelled to the deep. On the rope, Suryakumar Yadav tried to pull off a special, but in his first attempt, his trailing leg caught the boundary rope.
He quickly signaled a six, and it was confirmed on replay.
A double to end the nine-run over.
Narin's figures: 4-0-42-0.
The Lions need another 33 runs from 24 balls.
Over 15 || Score 146/5 - Suresh Raina 61(37b); Ravindra Jadeja 4(4b)
Umesh Yadav continued with his second over. A six to start it, with Suresh Raina hitting the off-cutter over mid-wicket boundary.
A leg-bye, then a single.
A dot ball, then Raina timed his shot to perfection and the ball beat the third man fielder for a four. A single to end the 13-run over.
The Lions need another 42 runs from 30 balls.
Over 14 || Score 133/5 - Suresh Raina 50(32b); Ravindra Jadeja 3(3b)
Kuldeep Yadav on for his third over, and nine runs from it. Four singles from the first four balls, then Suresh Raina hit the fifth ball for a four, an lucky inside edge which beat the wicket and also the wicket-keeper.
A single, and FIFTY for him.
Over 13 || Score 124/5 - Suresh Raina 43(28b); Ravindra Jadeja 1(1b)
Bowling change. Umesh Yadav on, and what a delivery it was to castle Dwayne Smith.
WICKET: Dwayne Smith b Umesh Yadav 5 (4b)
That happened off the fourth ball. The swinging delivery breached the defence, and crashed into the stumps.
Five runs from the over, all singles. New man Ravindra Jadeja took a single off the first ball he faced.
The Lions still need 64 runs from 42 balls.
Over 12 || Score 119/4 - Suresh Raina 40(25b); Dwayne Smith 4(2b)
Kuldeep Yadav continued with his second over. And he got the wicket of struggling Ishan Kishan, caught at deep by Umesh Yadav.
WICKET: Ishan Kishan c Umesh Yadav b Kuldeep Yadav 4 (11b)
That happened off the fourth ball of the over.
The over started with a four, hit by Suresh Raina. Then, there was also a second four, hit by new man Dwayne Smith. Nine runs from the over.
Over 11 || Score 110/3 - Suresh Raina 35(23b); Ishan Kishan 4(9b)
Then, the Lions captain Suresh Raina responded in style, hitting two fours in the next over, bowled by Sunil Narine.
Two singles off the first two balls, then Raina lofted over extra cover for the first four. A dot ball later, he found the gap at backward square leg.
A single to end the over, and 11 runs from it.
Live coverage of the match 23 of 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL), between Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Lions, being played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
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