IPL 2013: Raina makes it seven in a row for Chennai

Chennai Super Kings beat Kings XI Punjab by 15 runs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

updated: May 13, 2014 18:07 IST
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It is assumed the best way to bat in the Twenty20 format is to hammer every ball. But Suresh Raina was hardly in that sort of mood on his way to a magnificent century, which helped Chennai Super Kings beat Kings XI Punjab by 15 runs in a close encounter at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Thursday (May 2) evening. This was Chennai's seventh consecutive win in the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013, and extended their lead at the top of the points table. (Watch Analysis)

Raina's knock wasn't the sort one saw Chris Gayle or Shane Watson play when they got their centuries earlier in the tournament. But what it did have was plenty of determination, innovation and resolve. (See: Raina's blistering knock)

His unbeaten 53-ball 100 helped Chennai amass 186 for 4 after they had opted to bat. In reply, Punjab, who fell short chasing a similar target against Mumbai Indians on Monday, were in with a shout for the majority of the chase but couldn’t find that final impetus as they finished with 171 for 6. (See Stats)

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