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In pics: Suresh Raina inspires Gujarat Lions to win over Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 10

Raina scored his second half-century of the season, steering the Gujarat Lions to a four-wicket win over Gautam Gambhir and his Kolkata Knight Riders team

T2 Online Newsdesk 22 April 2017, 2:16 PM

Suresh Raina gave a brilliant account of himself against KKR at the Eden Gardens Image: AFP

Brendon McCullum and Robin Uthappa get chatting during the enforced rain break at the Eden Gardens Image: AFP

Nathan Coulter-Nile celebrates with his teammates after dismissing Aaron Finch Image: AFP

Robin Uthappa put up 72 runs on the board for KKR, helping them reach a total of 187/5 Image: AFP

Ravindra Jadeja missed a chance to get KKR skipper Gambhir run-out during the game Image: AFP

Gautam Gambhir is now the highest scorer in IPL 2017 Image: AFP

Skipper Suresh Raina conjured up a tenacious rearguard action to lead Gujarat Lions to a four-wicket win against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Friday.

Raina (84; 46b; 9x4, 4x6) brought 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.

The dashing left-hander, who was dropped on 1 by wicketkeeper Robin Uthappa, 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, scored the winning runs with a boundary.

At the beginning, Aaron Finch (31;15b 4x4 2x6) lost his wicket just when he was looking good. Coulter-Nile undid the world's second-best T20 batsman with a fast bouncer that the Aussie tried to pull, holing out to Manish Pandey at deep square leg.

Play was stopped for half an hour after a light drizzle, helping KKR stem the flow of runs just when Brendon McCullum was looking dangerous on 27 off 13 balls and his team on 62/1. Gujarat were ahead by 21 runs by Duckworth-Lewis method.

The big-hitting Kiwi fell to Woakes with Pandey snaffling it at sweeper cover.

Dinesh Karthik (3), Ishan Kishan (4) and Dwayne Smith (5) followed suit soon after, Coulter-Nile, Kuldeep Yadav and Umesh Yadav removing the trio.

Earlier, a brilliant half century by Uthappa (72; 48b 8x4 2x6) and a quickfire 17-ball 42 (9x4, 1x6) by makeshift opener Sunil Narine helped KKR post 187/5.

(With inputs from IANS)

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