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Raina runs riot as Gujarat Lions roar

Skipper's knock helps visitors chase KKR's 187 after brutal cameos from Finch and McCullum

The result: Kolkata Knight Riders 5-187 (Uthappa 72, Narine 42) lost to Gujurat Lions 6-188 (Raina 84, Kuldeep 2-33) by four wickets.

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The big three: Gujarat had struggled to get momentum with the bat and despite Brendon McCullum being in the top-three run-scorers for the tournament, he’s had little support. The Lions’ only win came on the back of an Andrew Tye-special with the ball so when Aaron Finch (31), McCullum (33) and skipper Suresh Raina (84) all fired, the wheels were finally in motion for victory. Chasing a lfty 187, Finch and McCullum blasted nine boundaries and three sixes, reaching 40 within the first three overs before Finch was caught. The Kiwi then paired with the skipper as Raina set the game alight, hitting nine boundaries and four sixes of his own, eventually departing with only eight runs to get and the job all but done.

The opener: Aussie Aaron Finch has had his fair share of trouble to deal with in IPL10, his kit bag being left in Rajkot for a match in Mumbai a particular issue for the top-order tyrant. But Finch was finally afforded an opportunity to bat in his favoured position at the top of the order and didn’t disappoint, blasting 31 from 15 balls before falling to countryman Nathan Coulter-Nile. The destructive right-hander – who was this week selected in Australia's ICC Champions Trophy squad – has spent 146 of his 178 Twenty20 innings opening the batting with a strike rate of 137.1 compared to 103.6 from 11 innings when batting at no.4.

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Boundary blitz: Sunil Narine's brash style at the crease has earned him an IPL record, claiming the highest score compiled solely in boundaries. The West Indian scored 42 from just 17 balls, dealing only in fours and sixes, with nine boundaries and one maximum completing his tally. The previous record holder was Sri Lankan legend Sanath Jayasuriya with 36 runs coming in boundaries, with Narine’s knock sure to earn him an extended stay at the top.

The Aussie pack: Finch’s top order assault paved the way for Gujurat’s second victory of the tournament, with fellow Aussie James Faulkner, a surprise omissing from Australia's Champions Trophy squad this week, making his first appearance in this year's tournament for the Lions. The allrounder scored an unbeaten four and claimed 1-38 from his four overs, taking the prized wicket of Kolkata captain Gautam Gambhir. Nathan Coulter-Nile was again serviceable for the Knight Riders, with his 2-41 seeing the back of the dangerous duo of Aaron Finch and Dinesh Karthik.

Faulkner picked up 1-38 in his first outing in IPL10 // BCCI
Faulkner picked up 1-38 in his first outing in IPL10 // BCCI

The wash-up: The Lions get one rest day before taking on Glenn Maxwell’s Kings XI in a much win clash for both sides on Sunday Night, before the Knight Riders face the Royal Challengers on Monday after Bangalore scored a mammoth 2-213 in their last outing against Gujurat.

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