Gujarat Lions defeated Kolkata Knight Riders in the 23rd match of Indian Premier League 2017. Led by Suresh Raina, team GL won the game by 4 wickets. With this victory, the team has seen a slight improvement in its rank in IPL 2017 points table. Presently, it is holding 7th rank in that table with a net run rate of -.0769.
The match began with Gujarat’s team winning the toss. Suresh Raina, skipper of GL, elected to bowl first. The decision seemed quite wrong as KKR’s opener batsmen Sunil Narine and Gautam Gambhir gave a speedy start to their batting inning. Narine scored 42 runs in 17 balls and Gambhir made 33 runs in 28 balls.
After they lost their wickets in early stage of the game, wicket-keeper batsman Robin Uthappa played a vital role in building a huge score for the team. He scored 72 runs in 48 balls and contributed majorly in setting up a target of 188 runs for the opponent team. Manish Pandey made 24 runs in 21 balls and Yusuf Pathan scored 11 runs in 4 balls.
While chasing the target, opener batsmen Aron Finch and Brendon McCullum started hitting big shots to score maximum runs in minimum balls. Finch scored 31 runs in 15 balls while McCullum made 33 runs in 17 balls. Team’s captain Suresh Raina came to bat next after these stormy players lost their wickets.
For the first time in this season of IPL, Suresh Raina played crucial role in making his team win the match. His massive 84 runs made a big contribution in his team’s victory in this game. He scored those runs in 48 balls by hitting 9 fours and 4 sixes. The game was stopped in 8th over due to rain, but the match began few minutes after it stopped raining.
After the wicket of Raina, no player in the middle order of batting lineup managed to score maximum runs. But, all rounder Ravindra Jadeja gave a finishing touch to the game by hitting 19 runs in 13 balls. James Falkner assisted Jadeja in making the team win the game by scoring 4 runs in 2 balls. Gujarat Lions acquired victory in nineteenth over with the loss of six wickets.