Home > Features > Moments in history >

IPL 2013: Suresh Raina’s century helps Chennai Super Kings trump Kings XI Punjab in high-scoring encounter

CSK Mr Dependable Suresh Raina scored a scintillating ton © IANS
CSK Mr Dependable Suresh Raina scored a scintillating ton © IANS

Chennai Super Kings’ batting mainstay Suresh Raina scored a brilliant century in the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) against the Kings XI Punjab at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Devarchit Varma relives the high-scoring clash between the two explosive sides.

It is a well-known fact that among the star-studded Indian batting line-ups that have taken field on so many occasions in T20s, there has been a single batsman who has touched the glorious three-figure mark in the format. Suresh Raina has been a pillar of strength in the Indian batting line-up since past couple of years, and it was not a surprise when he donned the same cap while playing for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL.

While playing at their fortress — the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai — the Super Kings have deployed the strategy of batting first and putting up a big score many a time, and have then strangled the opposition with some quality slow bowling in the second innings. This strategy was taken by the CSK in the 45th match of IPL 2013 against the Kings XI Punjab. Wriddhiman Saha and Michael Hussey had set things off in style. Saha struck a four and a six each but fell in the fourth over after scoring a rapid 18 off 15 balls early on.

In walked Raina. All eyes were on him to take Chennai ahead. With the dependable Hussey at the crease on the other end, Raina had the freedom to go for his runs and without worry. He did not get off to a brisk start, but was good enough early on to punish the loose deliveries. He scored one boundary each off David Hussey and Piyush Chawla to keep the scoreboard ticking. It was in the 10th over of the innings Raina gave a glimpse of what was in store for KXIP when he clobbered a six off David Hussey.

Raina and Michael Hussey added 55 runs for the second wicket, and it was on the first ball of the 12th over that the latter was dismissed. However, Raina was all set by then and looked ready to pounce on hapless KXIP in the remaining overs. He immediately hit a six after Michael Hussey’s dismissal and hit a four in the next over of R Sathish despite Mahendra Singh Dhoni being run out cheaply. On the last ball of the 15th over Raina took a single off Chawla to bring up his half-century off 32 balls studded with five boundaries and two sixes. Raina was in good form back in those days, and a big knock was due from the left-hander.

Raina unleashed himself in the 16th over of the game, clobbering two sixes off Manpreet Gony to add 16 runs from the over. What was spectacular about both the sixes was that they were hit right above the bowler’s head. In the next over, Raina punished Sathish as the bowler was hit for two consecutive fours and a six to make it 18 from the over. The first ball of the next over was again slammed for a six. After 19 overs, Raina was 89 not out and everyone wondered if there was a century on cards here.

As Praveen Kumar came on to bowl the final over KXIP expected him to do a good job with his medium-pacers. However, Raina’s plans were to attack and it was clear when the third ball of the over was sent out of the park for a six. There was a loud appeal for leg-before on the fourth ball, but Raina and Ravindra Jadeja managed to steal two runs in between. The fifth ball was nudged towards off, and after completing a single, Raina exploded in celebrations punching the air and lived the moment. Raina remained unbeaten on 100 off just 53 balls, with the help of seven sixes and six fours. While the first 50 for Raina came in 32 balls, the second had come in only 21 balls.

Chennai went on to post a massive total of 186 for four after 20 overs, and despite a counter-attack from Shaun Marsh with a fine 51-ball 73 and David Miller’s half-century, KXIP fell short of the target and lost the game by 15 runs. Raina, for his brilliant hundred, was named Man of the Match.

Brief scores:

Chennai Super Kings 186 for 4 in 20 overs (Michael Hussey 35, Suresh Raina 100*; Parvinder Awana 2 for 29) beat Kings XI Punjab 171 for 6 in 20 overs (Shaun Marsh 73, David Miller 51*; Dwayne Bravo 3 for 34, Mohit Sharma 2 for 31) by 15 runs.

Man  of the Match: Suresh Raina

Click here for IPL 2014 Points Table and Team Standings

Click here for IPL 2014 Schedule: Match time table for IPL 7

Click here for IPL 2014 Schedule & Results

Click here for IPL 2014 complete coverage

(Devarchit Varma is a reporter with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit)

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Colombo

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Dhaka

More

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 68 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Sydney

Australia won by 2 wkts

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 22, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 87 runs

Photos

Australia vs South Africa, 3rd ODI at Canberra

Videos

SL vs Eng: Buttler practices wicketkeeping in nets

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014, 2nd ODI at Chittagong: Highlights

Australia vs South Africa 2014, 5th ODI at Sydney: Highlights

Quinton de Kock’s century in vain as Australia register two wicket win over South Africa

Saeed Ajmal: 99 per cent bowlers will fail 15 degree test

Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque register second-highest opening partnership for Bangladesh in ODIs

Australia Australia vs South Africa Australia vs South Africa 2014 Bangladesh Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014 India New Zealand Pakistan South Africa South Africa tour of Australia 2014 South Africa vs Australia South Africa vs Australia 2014 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh 2014 Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh 2014

Sri Lanka vs England 2014: Moeen Ali, Alastair Cook’s form bodes well, says Mark Ramprakash

Mithali Raj: India women confident ahead of ODI series against South Africa

Sri Lanka vs England 2014: England’s 2nd practice match washed out

Bangladesh bring up 100th win in international cricket

India vs Cricket Australia XI, 1st Tour Game Preview: India eye good warm-up to kick-off tour Down Under

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014, 2nd ODI at Chittagong: Highlights

Australia vs South Africa 2014, 5th ODI at Sydney: Highlights

Saeed Ajmal: 99 per cent bowlers will fail 15 degree test

Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque register second-highest opening partnership for Bangladesh in ODIs

ICC World Cup 2015: Australia in risk of overkill

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

681 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli vs Australian cricketers

Watch Free Live Streaming & Telecast of Indian Super League (ISL) 2014 Football 37th Match between Kerala Blasters FC vs Atletico de Kolkata

PK Tharki Chokro making: Rancho aka Aamir Khan and Munna Bhai aka Sanjay Dutt shake legs to this folk number

Simbu-Hansika’s Vaalu slated for Christmas release!

Yeh Hai Mohabbatein: Will Raman and Ishita help Mihika with her plans?

Alibaba to launch its Taobao marketplace in international markets: Reuters

8 reasons to add rosemary to your diet

eBay India ‘Black Friday’ sale kicks off today

How many calories do bananas have?

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here