IPL 2017: KKR vs GL- Turning Point - Uthappa Drops Raina

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: April 22, 2017, 1:05 AM IST

Suresh Raina. (BCCI Photo)

Had Robin Uthappa caught hold off Suresh Raina at 1, it would have been a different story for Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday at the Eden Gardens.

The dashing left-hander, who was dropped on 1 by wicketkeeper Uthappa, smashed the KKR bowlers all over the park to guide his team to a much-needed win.

Raina played a captain's knock (84 off 46 balls) to lead Gujarat Lions to a four-wicket win against Gautam Gambhir-led KKR.

Raina hammered Chris Woakes and Nathan Coulter-Nile for 18 and 16 runs respectively but fell to Kuldeep Yadav.

Raina brought up his second fifty of the season's IPL also eclipsing Virat Kohli as the highest run-getter in the cash-rich T20 league.

This was the former Chennai Super Kings batsman's 30th half century.

"It was an important game for us and we bowled pretty well," Suresh Raina said after at the post-match conference.

"We came back pretty strongly. Then, me, Baz and Jaddu had a good partnership. It was important to play proper cricketing shots, there was no need to play cross-batted shots. It was a great team effort. It was important for me to be out there and keep calm when wickets fell," Raina said.

First Published: April 22, 2017, 1:04 AM IST

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