The 2014 Indian Premier League (IPL) Qualifier saw two blistering innings from two different players on both the teams. At first, Virender Sehwag registered his highest IPL score to help Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) post a mammoth total, and later, during the chase, Suresh Raina missed out on the fastest century in the cricketing history by just 13 runs.
However, Raina’s valiant effort went in vain as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) lost the game by just 24 runs after Sehwag’s magnificent 122 runs in 58 balls took Punjab to 226/6. CSK on Saturday shared a throwback picture of Raina’s run-out from that epic Qualifier and wrote that his majestic 25-ball 87 run knock would always remain in the minds of the fans.
Sharing that post, Raina conceded that, that knock remains very special for me and also wrote that he was desperate to take his side over the line.
Tweeting about the same, the southpaw wrote: “Only thing was running through my mind was not to give up & make it through. So badly wanted to make it to the finals. It will always remain a very special knock for me.”
Only thing was running through my mind was not to give up & make it through. So badly wanted to make it to the finals. It will always remain a very special knock for me. #WhistlePodu https://t.co/iiuBfOk5wE
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) May 30, 2020
In the 2nd Qualifier in IPL 2014, CSK was chasing a daunting target of 227 runs. After losing Faf du Plessis for early, Raina started to hit the ball from the word go as he raced to the second-fastest fifty in IPL in just 16 balls before the powerplay got over.
The southpaw went on to smash 12 fours and six sixes in his innings that helped CSK to reach a comfortable score of 100 runs in just six overs. However, Raina was run out after the Powerplay with George Bailey’s direct hit. The men in yellow didn’t reach the final that and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) won the trophy by defeating KXIP.