New Delhi: Suresh Raina played a captain's knock as he bludgeoned 86 off 46 balls to guide Gujarat Lions to four-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Friday.
Chasing a challenging 188-run target set by KKR, Raina, coming at No. 3, led from the front with a blistering 46-ball 84-run knock to set the platform the Gujarat outfit.
Raina hammered four sixes and nine boundaries in his innings.
He was ably supported by Brendon McCullum (33) and Aaron Finch (31) who stitched 42 runs off just 21 balls for the opening stand to get Gujarat Lions' chase off to a flier.
After the brisk start, Raina did well to sneak in occasional six or boundary in the middle overs to keep the run-rate in check.
Raina, brought up his second 50 of this season in 32 balls. He also notched up his highest score for Gujarat Lions, going past the 75 he made against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Raina took the charge against Nathan Coulter-Nile (2 for 41) in the 17th over with one six and two fours to bring the equation down to 17 off the last three overs.
But the Gujarat Lions skipper left the job unfinished as he was dismissed by Kuldeep Yadav but Ravindra Jadeja (19 off 13 balls) took them over the line with a four to get the visitors back to winning ways.
This is Gujarat's second win of the season which pushed Rising Pune Supergiant to bottom as five teams now are on four points.
Down the order, Ravindra Jadeja remained unbeaten on 19 to finish off the proceedings for Gujarat Lions with a boundary in 18.2 overs.
For KKR, chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav (2/33) Nathan Coulter-Nile (2/41) picked up two wickets apiece.
Earlier, Robin Uthappa cracked a brilliant half-century while makeshift opener Sunil Narine struck a quickfire 47 at the top to guide KKR to 187 for five.
Uthappa made 72 off just 48 balls balls with the help of eight boundaries and two sixes to anchor the KKR innings after Narine (42 off 17 balls) played a short little cameo at the top to give his side a blazing start to their innings after being invited to bat.
Narine's breezy knock was studded with nine boundaries and a huge hit over the fence.
Besides, skipper Gautam Gambhir made 33 off 28 balls while Manish Pandey (24) and Yusuf Pathan (11 not out) also conributed for the hosts.
For Gujarat Lions, skipper Suresh Raina (2/11) was the most economical bowler.
(With inputs from PTI)