IPL 2017 – Suresh Raina Credits Openers For Win Over Kings XI Punjab
Their campaign might have pretty much ended, but the Gujarat Lions were determined to spoil the party for Kings XI Punjab.
They succeeded in doing that in Mohali, as on the back of a resounding batting display, the visitors sealed off a huge run-chase to salvage some pride. Needing 190 to win the game, the Gujarat batsmen stepped up to the task to get to the target in the very last over of the chase.
The platform was provided by Ishan Kishan and Barbadian Dwayne Smith. The latter, who endured a terrible edition till tonight, was exceptional, as his blazing half-century set the tone for the chase. Putting 91 within nine overs pretty much set the chase for the visitors.
Post the side’s win, skipper Suresh Raina credited the duo for the start at the top.
“I think Smithy and Ishan gave us the platform and later me and DK had a good partnership. It was all about six-over partnership, Smithy and Ishan set up the platform. Still, I think Sandy bowled pretty well but we rotated the strike as well. We had a good partnership after the 6th over. When you are chasing 190, it is very important how you play between 7th to 13th over,” said Raina.
“Too many injuries but I am sure youngsters have learnt from there mistakes. It is not easy to come and bowl yorkers in IPL but I am sure they will learn from this season,” a confident Raina added.
Smith was named the Man of the Match, and the brawny hitter mentioned his disappointment about missing in the previous games.
“Still disappointed over my performance over the past few games. My natural game is like that. Just be positive, Ishan has been scoring heavily over the last few games. We had a good partnership. I am sure he will be one for the future. Judging from here, I had this feeling that once I see out there, the runs will come for sure. We just need to keep going on from here and look to damage some other teams from here on,” Smith said.
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