Suresh Raina played a captain’s innings as Gujarat Lions beat Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets in Kolkata to register their second win in this year’s Indian Premier League.Raina, who hammered 84 off 46 balls as the Lions roared in the Knight’s den, also became the all-time highest run-scorer in the IPL.He once again went past Virat Kohli (4,264 runs) to become the leading run-scorer with 4,341 runs. He is currently 77 runs ahead of the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain, who will next take the field on Sunday when RCB take on KKR in Kolkata.Raina started off the day on a good note after picking up Sunil Narine, who was looking dangerous on 42 off just 17 balls as Kolkata were racing along in the opening few overs. He ended with figures of 1/11 from two overs.The Gujarat captain continued the good work with the bat as he came out to bat after Aaron Finch fell scoring a breezy 31 in chase of 188. Raina looked in sublime touch right from the word go. He was not only timing the ball beautifully but also hitting some massive sixes.What was really impressive about Raina’s innings was the way he handled the situation and took responsibility even though wickets were falling around him. He brought up his fifty off just 32 balls and built a crucial partnership of 58 runs with Ravindra Jadeja for the sixth wicket before finally falling on 84, with Gujarat just eight runs away from victory.The stylish left-hander hit nine fours and four sixes in his innings of 84.advertisementGujarat will next play fifth-placed Kings XI Punjab on Sunday in Rajkot.
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