Suresh Raina, who is returning to the IPL after two years, has made a splash in his first match. Playing for Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Raina completed his half-century off 32 balls in the match against Delhi.
Mumbai, April 10: Suresh Raina, who is returning to the IPL after two years, has made a splash in his first match. Playing for Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Raina completed his half-century off 32 balls in the match against Delhi. Raina was run out for 54. His 36-ball knock included four sixes and three fours.
When Suresh Raina came on the field, Chennai had lost 2 wickets for just 7 runs off 13 balls. Raina remained on the pitch after Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf Du Plessis were out. Once set, he attacked the Delhi Capitals bowling. Raina hit his first four of the season with a square cut off Vokes’ bowling. After this, he also hit in front of the Delhi spinners.
Raina made his intentions clear by hitting two fours in a row on Ashwin’s bowling in the fifth over of the match. Initially, Raina gave a strike to Moin Ali, but later he took matters into his own hands. Raina and Moin Ali had a 53-run partnership. After Moin Ali’s wicket, Raina hit the first six off Ashwin’s bowling. He then hit two sixes off Amit Mishra in the 12th over and a six off Stoyanis in the 13th over.
After completing his half-century, Suresh Raina signaled to see Chennai in the dugout in Jallosha. I still have breath in my bat and I have come here to prove myself, as Raina wanted to say. Raina also shared a 63-run partnership with Ambati Rayudu in 33 balls.
Suresh Raina became the first player to score a half century in IPL 2021. This was his 39th half century in his IPL career. He has also equaled Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Shikhar Dhawan tops the list with 42 fifties.
The Chennai team felt the lack of Suresh Raina last season. For the first time in IPL history, they could not reach the play-offs. He also finished seventh in the points table. The Chennai team has won the IPL three times under Dhoni.