Skipper Suresh Raina led from the front with the bat to help Gujarat Lions beat Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets at Eden Garden on Friday. The opening pair of Aaron Finch and Brendon McCullum played an integral role for the visitors to register their second win of the season.
Batting first , KKR set a challenging total of 188, Robin Uthappa’s 77 off just 48 balls with the help of eight boundaries and two sixes to guide the KKR innings after Sunil Narine (42 off 17 balls) played a short cameo at the top to give his side a blazing start to their innings.
Chasing 188, the duo of Gujarat Lions Aaron Finch (31-runs, 15-ball, 4×4, 2×6) lost his wicket just when he was looking tremendous, Coulter-Nile undid with a fast bouncer that the Aussie tried to pull, holing out to Manish Pandey at deep square leg, and Brendon McCullum was looking dangerous on 27 off 13 balls.
Play was stopped for half an hour after a light drizzle, helping KKR bowler to stop Brendon McCullum innings.
After loss of Finch wickets, Suresh Raina came at no.3 84-runs in 46-balls with nine boundries and four sixes, this innings is second fifty of the season.
Dinesh Karthik (3), Ishan Kishan (4) and Dwayne Smith (5) followed suit soon after, Coulter-Nile, Kuldeep Yadav and Umesh Yadav removing the trio, Finally Ravindra Jadeja(19) finish the match in his style in just 18.2-overs.