On Friday (April 21) Languishing at the bottom of the table of the IPL 2017, GL determine dinspiration in Suresh Raina, their skipper, to Beat KKR by way of four wickets at the Eden Garden, and revive marketing campaign.
After seeing Sunil Narine hit nine fours and a six to make 42 off the seamers in the first three overs of the fit, Raina brought himself directly to take the pace off the ball and had Narine caught simply outside 30 yard circle at midwicket. Then, he took a properly-judged high catch to send back KKR Skipper Gautam Gambhir, and made suitable bowling and fielding adjustments to restrict Kolkata to 187 for 5, even though at one stage they looked like touching well in excess of two hundred at the returned of Robin Uthappa’s 48-ball 72.
Dropped through Uthappa off Narine on 1, Raina rode on his success to make 84 and steer a demanding chase. He might have been bowled at least two times in his forty six-ball knock, but good fortune became on his side as he hit 9 fours and four sixes while rotating the strike without problems in spite of seeing 5 wickets fall on other side.
Aaron Finch and Brendon McCullum laid the muse for Raina with a gap stand of 42 runs in just 3 three overs. Gujarat wished simply balls to hit top tools whilst McCullum hit Shakib Al Hasan, playing his first game this season, to the fence instantly beyond him. The openers hit six fours and sixes in the first three overs from Shakib and Narine to take required run-price out of the equation. while Nathan Coulter-Nile observed up three slower balls with a fast quick transport that Finch pulled to Manish Pandey at square-leg, he had set the tempo with 31 off 15 balls.
The function of Finch’s first knock as an opener this season became how he got underneath the soar of the ball towards the spinners and lifted it over the in-field for percentage scoring. His return to form has given Gujarat an idea of what their ideal crew composition will be whilst Dwayne Bravo is again from harm.
Rain Disturb the game for some time. B McCullum and Dinesh Karthik fell rapidly after the break, but once Gujarat had reached seventy two for 1 at the cease of power Play it become a be counted of batting sensibly. Raina took up the mantle with his highest IPL rating as a captain, and had a defining 58-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja for the 6th wicket.
Ravindra Jadeja hit the prevailing boundary to take Gujarat to 188 for 6 in 18.2 overs. Like Raina and the openers, Gujarat’s bowlers deserved credit for pulling things again after Narine were given the home crowd excited.
Uthappa used the pace of fast bowlers to gather his obstacles easily. the fast-arm jabbed six to midwicket off Dhawal Kulkarni changed into top elegance, and the news in opposition to Jadeja took him to his second fifty in three matches. however with Pandey taking time to get getting in their 55-run stand, Gujarat pulled matters returned properly. Faulkner become canny and Basil Thampi continued to affect together with his slower balls and accurate yorkers, one in every of which disturbed Pandey’s stumps inside the 20thover. earlier than that, Praveen Kumar had Uthappa caught in the deep as Kolkata scored simplest forty six runs of their ultimate 5 overs.
way to their start, Gujarat wanted just 42 runs in their last 5 overs and, GL got with ten balls to spare.