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Smith and Raina lift Lions to No. 2

Gujarat Lions 125 for 4 (Raina 53*, Finch 26) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 124 for 8 (Yusuf 36, Smith 4-8) by six wickets
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Dwayne Smith used a green Kanpur pitch as his ally to return figures of 4 for 8, setting up Gujarat Lions' six-wicket win against Kolkata Knight Riders. Lions restricted Knight Riders to 124, and then overhauled the target with 39 balls to spare. The win not only vaulted them to No. 2 on the points table, but also lifted their net run-rate from -0.747 to -0.479, intensifying the race for the playoffs.

Knight Riders, sent in to bat, started solidly before Gautam Gambhir was involved in another run-out, in the fourth over. With Gambhir and Robin Uthappa stranded mid-pitch, Shadab Jakati, replacing Shivil Kaushik, fired an accurate throw at the striker's end after an acrobatic stop at midwicket.

Smith then extracted enough bounce and lateral movement to have Knight Riders' batsmen poking outside off stump. Uthappa and Manish Pandey steered catches behind the wicket, while Piyush Chawla, promoted to No. 4 as a pinch hitter, was hustled by a skiddy delivery that crept past his tentative waft. A short delivery was helped along to third man by Shakib as Smith claimed his best T20 figures. Knight Riders were left reeling at 61 for 5 in the 12th over.

Yusuf Pathan and Suryakumar Yadav then limited the damage through singles; an eight-over period after the Powerplay produced just 20 runs. Lions' spinners asserted control until Yusuf got stuck in to Ravindra Jadeja to resuscitate Knight Riders' innings with consecutive boundaries in the 15th over.

Thereafter, boundary-scoring became gradually easier, with the next three overs producing 33. It could have been much more if not for Dhawal Kulkarni and Dwayne Bravo's cunning variations that resulted in just eight off the last two overs as Lions subsided Knight Riders' hopes of a 140-plus score.

Lions approached the chase, it seemed, with an intent to improve their net run-rate to boost their playoffs chances. The batsmen came out playing exuberant strokes on a tricky surface to give Knight Riders a sniff.

Smith under-edged a pull off the first ball of the chase as Uthappa eventually completed the catch on the third attempt. Brendon McCullum wasn't deterred though, as he danced down the track to swat a length delivery over midwicket off his first delivery. In a bid to arrest the early momentum, Gambhir turned to Sunil Narine, and the move worked as he accounted for McCullum with a floater that swerved back in to trap him lbw.

Dinesh Karthik chose attritional strokes with a straight bat but was bowled by an in-dipper from Morne Morkel that sneaked between bat and pad to clatter into the stumps. Suddenly, Lions were reduced to 38 for 3.

Suresh Raina, returning from a short paternity leave, ensured Lions were in the hunt through his inside-out drives and flicks to steer the chase forward. He crossed 4000 IPL runs with a lofted cover drive off a good-length delivery from Morkel. Raina and Aaron Finch added 59 to put the game beyond Knight Riders' reach.

Their 36-ball stand was ended by a run-out when they collided into each other in the search for a third run to briefly lend some artificial excitement. With 28 required off 61 balls, Ravindra Jadeja helped Raina end the chase in a canter to ease Lions' race for a playoffs berth.

Fabulous chasing record


Win-loss record for Gujarat Lions when chasing in this IPL. They won just once while batting first in 4 matches

Second player


Runs for Raina in IPL. He becomes the 2nd player to reach there; Kohli got there in the last match. Raina also goes past Kohli's 4002 runs to become leading run-getter.

Cheap and best


No. of cheaper 4-fors in IPL, than Dwayne Smith's 4 for 8 in this match - Kumble took 5/5 and Rohit Sharma 4/6, both in 2009. These are Smith's best figures in T20s.

Struggle against Lions


No. of times KKR has scored less than 60 runs in the first ten overs of the innings in this IPL - both against Gujarat Lions; 57 at Eden Gardens and 55 in Kanpur today.

Dwayne Smith's 3-for


Last time Dwayne Smith took 3 or more wickets in a T20, before this match. He bowled 33 times between these 2 instances.

Run-out record


No. of times Gambhir has been run out in T20s - most by a batsman. He went past Jayawardene's 20 such dismissals. 4th run out for Gambhir in this IPL.

Uthappa's milestone


No. of India players with 5000 or more runs in T20s. Uthappa is the 5th to do so with this match. Kohli, Raina, Rohit and Gambhir are the others.

New T20 venue


No. of T20s hosted by Green Park stadium in Kanpur, before this. There has never been a Day/Night or Night match of any format here prior to this match.