Kolkata, May 20 UNI | 2 months ago

Fiery 65 from 52 balls by Suresh Raina took Chennai Super Kings to 154 for loss of four wickets against host Kolkata Knight Riders in the crucial IPL T20 match at Eden Gardens here today. Playing for the first time this seasons on home turf KKR captain Gautam Gambhir desperate to win against the already qualified IPL side CSK, for a place in the playoff decided to bowl first on placid surface to extract advantage.

But the MS Dhoni brigade, already made into the knockout stage, after losing quick wicket of Dwaine Smith on 5, rallied heavily in the hot weather condition and recovered well to set a difficult task of 155 for KKR, who must win to keep their hope alive for the last slot in the playoff.

Besides brilliant 65 from left handed Suresh Raina, Brendon McCullum made 28 from 24 balls with two sixes and boundary, F Du Plessis made 23 and skipper M S Dhoni 21 not out.

Using spinner Sakib al Hasan in the first over surprised many, however, KKR got success quickly in the second over when newly inducted Patrick Cummins dismantled the stumps of opener Dwaine Smith (5) with his second delivery of the day. Cummins played in place of Morne Morkel.

Pat Cummings, however, was severely punished by Brendon McCullum as the New Zealander hit two sixes and a boundary to collect 16 runs in frustration of the bowler, who was changed immediately in the in the 40 degrees temperature.

Bringing West Indian spinning wizard Sunil Narine also did not help the host as Suresh Raina greeted him with a lofty six at BC Roy stand to silence the home crowds.

Raina after initial careful approach on the testing testing surface with movement of ball fired all over facing 52 balls to make highest 65 with three sixes and five over to the fence.

Earlier, Brendon McCullum and Raina stiched 55 runs partnership on second wicket before the Kiwi got out on 28 after Umesh Yadav took catch off Sunil Narine in 24 balls.

Raina was out when he was looking to clear wide long-on but lofted off Piyush Chawla and R ten Doeschate in the deep took the catch.

(Posted on 21-05-2014)