Gujarat Lions (GL) beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 4-wickets in the 23rd match of Indian Premier League (IPL) at Eden Gardens on Friday. Suresh Raina's instrumental 84 off 46 balls helped Gujarat overhaul the target of 187 easily in 18.2 overs. Aaron Finch and Brendon McCullum's quickfire 31 and 33, respectively, gave Gujarat the start they needed to win the game. Kolkata bowlers proved costly as the opposition sent them flying on every corner of the park. Kuldeep Yadav finished the game with 2 for 33 runs. Despite rain interrupting play, Gujarat Lions did not lose momentum and kept hitting the ball. After this win, Kolkata still stands at the second position, while Gujarat Lions have climbed one place above Rising Pune Supergiant. Suresh Raina was adjudged the Man of the Match. (SCORECARD)
Catch all the highlights of the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Lions in Kolkata.
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23:50 IST: Suresh Raina is adjudged the Man of the Match.
23:46 IST: Four! Jadeja hits the winning runs for Gujarat as the visitors beat the hosts by 4 wickets.
23:43 IST: Last two overs to go, but this over might do it as Gujarat need only 5 runs!
23:41 IST: Out! Kuldeep traps skipper Suresh Raina 84(46), Manish Pandey completes a good catch.
23:40 IST: Six! Raina smokes the ball on the leg side for a biggie.
23:38 IST: Gujarat closing in on a victory against Kolkata. Need just 17 runs from 18 balls.
23:36 IST: Back-to-back boundaries for the Gujarat skipper, leading his team from the front.
23:35 IST: Four! Opening the face of the bat, Raina guides the ball to backward point.
23:34 IST: Four! Raina is keeping the bowlers frustrated as he slams the ball straight down the ground yet again.
23:31 IST: Four overs to go, Gujarat need 33 runs at 8.25.
23:29 IST: Six and a miss! Suryakumar Yadav catches the ball but steps on the rope before letting the ball go. Jadeja lives.
23:27 IST: Four! Short and wide from Umesh, Raina puts it away for a boundary.
23:25 IST: Six! Raina reading the slower ball early, clobbering Umesh for a huge maximum.
23:23 IST: Suresh Raina brings up his IPL fifty with a single, Gujarat need 55 from 36 balls.
23:22 IST: Four! Inside edge off Suresh Raina and the ball trickles down past wicket keepr for boundary.
23:17 IST: Wicket! Umesh Yadav cleans up danger man Dwayne Smith, inside edge onto the stumps.
23:14 IST: Gujarat Lions need 69 runs in 48 balls. Visitors in good control of the game.
23:13 IST: Four! Dwayne Smith slog sweeps Kuldeep first ball for a boundary on the leg side.
23:11 IST: Out! Kuldeep takes Kolkata further, dismisses Ishan Kishan.
23:09 IST: Four! Raina plays Kuldeep late for a boundary at third man.
23:08 IST: Four! Second boundary of the over, Raina pulls handsomely.
23:07 IST: Four! Hitting inside out into the gap, Raina crunches Narine for a boundary.
23:05 IST: Very good over from Kuldeep Yadav, just three runs from the over!
23:00 IST: Strategic time-out! After 9 overs, Gujarat stand at 96/3.
22:59 IST: Six! Near chance for Yusuf pathan, as ball tickles Pathan's fingers and goes over the ropes. Raina lives.
22:57 IST: Boundary! Raina carves Woakes through extra covers.
22:51 IST: Out! Leading edge from Dinesh Karthik as Gambhir takes a brilliant low catch. Gujarat 81 for three (7.2)
22:49 IST! Ah! Raina cuts the ball with authority for a boundary.
22:45 IST: Out! Chirs Woakes sends McCullum (33) packing just after the rain. Kolkata get the big man.
22:41 IST: Four! McCullum sweeps Shakib on the fine leg boundary. Starting where they left.
22:40 IST: Shakib Al Hasan has come out to bowl as play resumes.
22:37 IST: Players are coming out on the field to resume the play.
22:32 IST: Play to resume at 10:40!
22:25 IST: The covers are coming off...
22:14 IST: Gujarat Lions are 21 runs ahead on DLS method.
22:12 IST: Rain interrupts the play! Unwanted visitors here for both the teams!
22:06 IST: Four! 16 off the Coulter Nile over, McCullum leading the charge for Gujarat.
22:05 IST: Four!! Six!! Back-to-back boundaries for McCullum.
22:02 IST: Out! Coulter Nile traps Aaron Finch with a slow bouncer. Gujarat Lions 42 for one (3.3)
21:59 IST: Six! No stopping Finch now, taking Shakib Al Hasan to task.
21:58 IST: Four! This time over mid-on, Finch is going bonkers.
21:57 IST: Four! Finch slams the ball off the back foot for another boundary.
21:56 IST: Four! Consecutive boundaries for Finch off Narine.
21:55 IST: Six! Finch heaves Narine for a huge maximum on the on side.
21:54 IST: Four! Finch puts Narine over the in-field easily for a boundary.
21:53 IST: After first over, Gujarat Lions stand 9 for zero.
21:52 IST: Four! McCullum punches off the back foot for another boundary.
21:51 IST: Four! McCullum hits Shakid for a beautiful boundary straight down the line.
21:50 IST: Shakib Al Hasan to lead the bowling attack for KKR.
21:49 IST: Aaron Finch and Brendon McCullum open the batting line up for Gujarat Lions.
21:48 IST: Welcome back to the second innings of the match.
21:32 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders complete their innings at 187 for five at the end of 20 overs. Brilliant death over bowling by Gujarat Lions.
21:31 IST: Out! Suryakumar Yadav run out by McCullum!
21:28 IST: Cleaned up!! Beautiful yorker from Thampi, stumps out of the ground.
21:27 IST: Four! Wide full toss from Thampi, Pandey pounces on it.
21:25 IST: Four! Back-to-back boundaries from Pathan to end the Praveen over, Kolkata 180 for three.
21:24 IST: Four! Yusuf Pathan gets his first boundary, Praveen hit for one bounce boundary.
21:21 IST: Out! Praveen Kumar takes the important wicket of Uthappa, McCullum completes the catch. Kolkata 169 for three.
21:20 IST: Last two overs for the first innings to end. Will GL let KKR score at ease?
21:18 IST: Miss! Juicy full toss from Thampi, Manish Pandey misses out to dispatch the ball.
21:16 IST: Six! Slower from Thampi, Uthappa reads it this time, dispatches the ball for a maximum.
21:15 IST: Four! Inside out from Uthappa, Thampi hit for a boundary.
21:08 IST: After 16 overs, Kolkata stand at 149 for two. Time for the hosts to free their arms and post a big total.
21:06 IST: Four! Low full toss from Thampi, Uthappa guides it for a boundary on the leg side.
21:02 IST: Four! Uthappa brings up his half century, Kolkata 141 for two.
21:01 IST: Four! Jadeja trying the angle the ball in, Uthappa cuts it for a boundary.
20:57 IST: Four! Pandey guides the ball towards the fine leg boundary using the pace of the ball.
20:48 IST: Out! Faulkner gets Kolkata skipper Gambir (33), pulls and top edges to Raina for a skier.
20:46 IST: Four! Late edge from Uthappa again, gets the ball past the wicket-keeper.
20:44 IST: Four! Late cut from Uthappa off Kulkarni, dissecting the fielders for a boundary.
20:42 IST: Six! Robin Uthappa pulls Kulkarni for a brilliant maximum.
20:41 IST: Half of the first innings done, Kolkata 96 for one. Good solid start from the Knights.
20:39 IST: Over throw boundary for Kolkata Knight Riders.
20:35 IST: After 9 overs, Kolkata stand 88 for one. Current run rate: 9.78
20:34 IST: Six!! Gambhir's first maximum of the innings, beautifully struck over the rope.
20:32 IST: Uthappa and Gambhir currently taking singles, settling a solid base for a big total.
20:25 IST: Four! Uthappa pulls Raina handsomely for a boundary on the leg side.
20:23 IST: Aaron Finch dropped a difficult chance on the long on boundary. Robin gets a chance.
20:22 IST: Four! Full and wide from Kulkarni, Gambhir guides it for a boundary.
20:20 IST: On the pads to Robin Uthappa, and he dispatches it on the leg side.
20:19 IST: Dhawal Kulkarni has been introduced into the bowling attack, playing his 100th T20 match.
20:18 IST: Good over for Gujarat Lions. Suresh Raina concedes three runs and takes a wicket.
20:15 IST: Out! Suresh Raina sends Narine packing, gives his team a mini comeback in the game.
20:13 IST: Six! Unbelievable batting from Sunil Narine. Kolkata 44 for no loss at the end of 3 overs.
20:12 IST: Four! Juicy full-toss from Basil and Narine says thank you.
20:11 IST: Four! Narine gets his eight boundary of the innings, targeting Basil Thampi now.
20:07 IST: Four!! Back-to-back boundaries for Narine as he gives Kolkata a solid start.
20:05 IST: Four! Boundary is coming easy for Narine. Edges the ball for boundary.
20:05 IST: Four!! Sunil Narine dealing in boundaries right now. Carves James Faulkner through the off-side.
20:04 IST: Four! This time Narine targets mid-off. Kolkata 12 for zero after the first over.
20:03 IST: Four! Second boundary of the over, Narine walks down and hits the ball on the up.
20:01 IST: Four! Narine starts firing second ball, flicks Praveen for one bounce boundary.
20:00 IST: Praveen Kumar starts the proceeding for Gujarat Lions.
19:59 IST: For Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunil Narine is back as an opener for Kolkata along with Gautam Gambhir.
19:58 IST: Players make their way out to the field at Eden Gardens.
19:57 IST: Michael Clarke rings the bell and declares the match open.
19:56 IST: KKR fact check!
19:45 IST: Knights warming up before their game against Lions.
19:43 IST: Playing XI for both the teams.
19:40 IST: Changes for Kolkata Knight Riders: Shakib Al Hasan replaces Colin de Grandhomme.
19:39 IST: Changes in squad for Gujarat Lions: James Faulker comes in for Andrew Tye, Praveen Kumar returns in place of Shivil Kaushik.
19:31 IST: Gujarat Lions have won the toss and elected to field against Kolkata Knight Riders.
19:25 IST: Toss is just minutes away. Stay glued!
19:08 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders fact check - Umesh Yadav
19:03 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders fact check - Robin Uthappa
19:01 IST: Gujarat Lions warming up before the match against Kolkata Knight Riders.
19:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Lions straight from Eden Gardens.
It is not like the teams are that different. KKR actually may have the lesser talent in their batting. Gautam Gambhir leads the pack, with Manish Pandey being the other major contributor. As for the rest, they have fits and starts from the likes of Yusuf Pathan and 'surprise weapon' Sunil Narine.
It is, however, their bowlers, who have contributed, with Nathan Coulter-Nile, Umesh Yadav, Chris Woakes and the spin duo of Narine and Kuldeep Yadav delivering consistently.