Chennai Super Kings Fail but Suresh Raina Stands up as Twenty20 Giant

Suresh Raina made a valiant attempt as Chennai Super Kings set out to chase 227 against the Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League. Chennai lost but Raina's reputation as one of the best Twenty20 players in the world was further enhanced in his record 25-ball knock of 87.

updated: May 31, 2014 22:06 IST
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Mumbai: As Chennai Super Kings started a spirited chase of 227 against Kings XI Punjab in the second qualifier of the Indian Premier League 2014, it was Suresh Raina who drew all the accolades and truly so. Former India opener Aakash Chopra called Raina a true T20 giant after the left-hander smashed 87 off 25 before being brilliantly run out by George Bailey.

Raina had come in at the fall of the first wicket in the second ball of the innings and sent shivers down the Punjab camp, getting stuck into Sandeep Sharma, Parvinder Awana and even Mitchell Johnson as Chennai raced away to 100 inside the powerplay overs, an all-time IPL record; 87 of those runs came from Raina's bat.

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