[caption id="attachment_598198" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-598198" alt="Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni played for Chennai Super Kings in the initial editions of IPL AFP" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Raina-and-Dhoni.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni played for Chennai Super Kings in the initial editions of IPL AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Although wickets kept tumbling around the skipper <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/suresh-raina" target="_blank">Suresh Raina</a>, he continued to play a composed match-winning knock and led his side to a much-needed victory against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/kolkata-knight-riders" target="_blank">Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)</a>. A 46-ball 84 had the Raina stamp all over it. <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/gujarat-lions" target="_blank">Gujarat Lions (GL)</a> were off to a flier with Aaron Finch and Brendon McCullum s quick fire innings of 31 and 33 respectively. Thereon, it was Raina who anchored the innings that comprised of 9 fours and 4 sixes. Supporting him in the middle order was Ravindra Jadeja, who remained unbeaten on 19. However, Raina being generous enough, credited MS Dhoni for finishing the game in style. <strong><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/indian-premier-league-2017-200487/live-scores/kolkata-knight-riders-vs-gujarat-lions-match-23-183400-summary.html" target="_blank">LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Gujarat Lions Match 23</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>Speaking to <i>iplt20</i>, Raina was relieved to win a crucial tie. It was a crucial win and a much-needed one keeping in mind the situation we are in the tournament. I am glad we got a win tonight. I am very relieved. To stay alive we had to win this game and move forward. Had we not got this one under our belt I am sure we would have been very disappointed in the dressing room, Raina said. With those match-winning strokes, Raina showed signs of why he still remains to be one of the best in the shortest format. <p></p> <p></p>Giving credit to Dhoni for his finishing skills, Raina added, I love batting in pressure situations and it is a challenge I relish. I have batted with him (MS Dhoni) for almost ten years now and always admired how he would finish games for the side. I have learnt how to cut down on asking rates from 9 per over to a 7 per over from him. When you are a captain, you are there to win a game and set examples for your side. It is something that I have learnt from Dhoni while playing with him for India and Chennai Super Kings <p></p> <p></p>Raina concluded hoping to continue his good form for the future matches and make it to the playoffs just like last year.