Suresh Raina guided Gujarat Lions to victory against Kolkata Knight Riders by 4 wickets - only their second of the current IPL season. Chasing a score of 188, the Lions got off to a flyer scoring 62 off five overs but it was their captain whose 84 off 46 balls secured the victory for the Lions.
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Kolkata Knight Riders
Gautam Gambhir - (5/10)
The skipper was just a spectator to the explosive cameo of Sunil Narine at the start and rightly gave him all the strike. He continued his role as the anchor after Narine's dismissal but failed to up the ante and was dismissed by a
Robin Uthappa - (8/10)
The wicketkeeper picked up from where Narine left and did not let the run-rate fall below 9, as he smacked the ball to every corner of the ground and showed no respect to the bowlers. He made 72-runs off 48 balls and helped his side set up a strong target.
Manish Pandey - (6/10)
Manish Pandey cleverly rotated the strike and left Uthappa to face most of the deliveries, knitting a valuable 55-run partnership with him. Unfortunately, he failed to accelerate his innings towards the end and was dismissed by a swirling Thampi yorker.
Yusuf Pathan - (4/10)
The Baroda lad did the damage he is known for and scored 11-runs off the 4 balls he faced. His poor running between the wickets, however, cost a wicket and more importantly, the
Suryakumar Yadav - (5/10)
A surprisingly bad call by Yusuf got the Mumbaikar run out before he had a chance to do anything. He also had a chance to take the crucial wicket of Jadeja, but lost his balance on the ropes and guided the ball to a six. He must be cursing his luck.
Shakib Al Hasan - (4/10)
The Bangladesh all-rounder made a disappointing debut
Chris Woakes - (6/10)
The Englishman straightaway rewarded his captain for bringing him onto
Sunil Narine - (7/10)
The West Indian was too lazy to take singles today so he scored his 42 runs in boundaries only. Although he did wonders with the bat, he failed miserably with the ball. Ironically, he gave away as many runs as he scored, in his quota of 4 overs. But we were still bowled over enough by his batting antics to rate him a 7.
Nathan Coulter-Nile - (5/10)
Although the Aussie managed to dismiss the explosive Finch, he was never able to choke the batsmen for runs and eventually Jadeja ended the proceedings by hitting him for a boundary and sealing the win for his side. He bowled 3.2 overs and gave away a massive 41 runs.
Kuldeep Yadav - (7/10)
The chinaman started on dictating terms and slowed the Gujarat innings and picked up the wicket of Ishan Kishan and Suresh Raina. Raina’s wicket, however, came after the Gujarat skipper had done the damage. Yadav ended the day with 33-2 from his 4 overs.
Umesh Yadav - (6/10)
Yadav was called in late by the skipper and it seemed as he would turn the tables on the Gujarat side when he bowled Dwayne Smith and gave away just 4 runs off his first over. But Raina took the game to him in the second over and hit the pacer for 13 runs.
Dwayne Smith - (5/10)
The West Indian contributed more as a bowler than as a specialist batsman. In the two overs that he bowled, Smith conceded just 14 runs which
Brendon McCullum - (7/10)
The Kiwi started in his usual fashion and smacked the ball all around the park, bringing the run-rate down from double digits to single ones. He was instrumental in giving his side just the perfect platform for a victorious chase.
Suresh Raina - (9/10)
The skipper started his day by dismissing the explosive Narine and putting the brakes on the KKR innings. On the batting front, Raina played
Aaron Finch- (7/10)
The Aussie was promoted up the order and he repaid his captain’s faith by slaughtering the KKR bowlers. Finch dealt in boundaries and scored 28 runs out of his 31 from the big hits. It would be extremely difficult for Smith to displace the Aussie from the opening slots now.
Dinesh Karthik- (3/10)
Karthik again disappointed with the bat. The Gujarat wicketkeeper has failed to recreate his domestic form in the IPL and the Lions need him to step up his game if they want to recover from the slump they find themselves in. He scored as many runs as the rating he has received.
Ishan Kishan- (3/10)
The middle-order batsman was never able to settle in and took too much time to get going. The youngster struggled to put Kuldeep Yadav away and was eventually dismissed by 4 by the left armed leggie.
Ravindra Jadeja- (6/10)
The left-arm spinner did a decent job with the ball and gave away 31 runs off his four overs. He managed to complement his skipper and held his nerves as he helped his side cross the finish line with his unbeaten 12-run inning
James Faulkner- (5/10)
The Aussie's IPL 10 debut was marred by Sunil Narine who hit him for three consecutive boundaries in his first over. The Aussie did, however, manage to bounce back with Gambhir's wicket and a strong and disciplined last over that yielded just 5 runs.
Praveen Kumar- (5/10)
The UP bowler leaked too many runs and gave away 24 runs in the two overs he was brought on to bowl. Although he managed to pick up the wicket of Uthappa at the end, it will not be a performance he would remember fondly.
Thampi started expensively giving away 37 runs in his first 3 overs but staged a gritty comeback when he restricted the KKR side to 7 runs in the last over. A lot more is expected from the youngster in a Gujarat team that is struggling to pick wickets.
Dhawal Kulkarni - (4/10)
The pacer’s performance was not at all at par as he leaked way too many runs and was unable to get any breakthrough for his side. He ended up with figures of 23-0 from the two overs he bowled.
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