Suresh Raina returned to the Indian Premier League with a bang arsenic the Chennai Super Kings prima deed a 32-ball 50 successful their IPL 2021 opener against Delhi Capitals astatine the Wankhede Stadium successful Mumbai connected Friday. Raina deed his 39th IPL 50 arsenic helium equalled Virat Kohli connected the database of astir fifties successful the IPL.
Suresh Raina had pulled retired of IPL 2020 owed to idiosyncratic reasons contempt reaching the UAE for the remainder of the squad and CSK missed his beingness successful the middle-order. And Raina showed however important helium is to the CSK batting portion arsenic aboriginal arsenic the archetypal crippled of IPL 2021, coming up with a free-flowing knock.
Raina took his clip to settee into his innings arsenic CSK were jolted twice, losing their opener Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad wrong 3 overs. Raina and Moeen Ali steadied the vessel and the erstwhile India cricketer was blessed to play 2nd fiddle erstwhile Ali was going big. The 2 added 53 runs for the 3rd wicket successful conscionable 6.2 overs earlier Ali fell to R Ashwin.
However, Raina chopped escaped aft Ali's exit, hitting the Delhi Capitals spinners retired of the park. He deed elder leg-spinner Amit Mishra precocious into the stands, picking his googlies with precision. Raina got to his 50 successful benignant hitting a magnitude shot from Marcus Stoinis into the vacant mid-wicket stand.
Raiina and Ambati Rayudu enactment the unit backmost connected Delhi Capitals with the erstwhile taking the complaint successful a 63-run basal that came successful conscionable 32 balls.
'Well played Chinna Thala'
Suresh Raina deed 4 sixes and 3 boundaries for his 36-ball 54. Just erstwhile Raina was looking to power to the apical gear, helium was run-out aft a atrocious mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja successful the 16th over.
Taking to societal media, erstwhile Chennai Super Kings accelerated bowler Irfan Pahan said Raina's impetus successful the mediate overs is thing that CSK missed past year.
"This is what we were missing during the past season. #MrIPL," Pathan wrote.
Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Harbhajan Singh, who was teammates with Raina astatine CSK, welcomed the left-hander backmost to the IPL. Notably, Harbhajan besides missed iPL 2020 owed to idiosyncratic reasons and was bought by KKR astatine the auction earlier this year.
Super Raina king @ChennaiIPL good played China thala— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 10, 2021 April 10, 2021
Following Raina's exit, CSK were pegged backmost further arsenic skipper MS Dhoni was dismissed for 0. Coming into bat astatine No. 7, helium was bowled by Avesh Khan for 0 erstwhile a inside-edge shattered the stumps.