Andrew Tye takes hat-trick as Gujarat claim their first win
Australian Tye’s 5–17 the best ever figures by an IPL debutant
Rising Pune Supergiant stepped out the field to bat first and they indeed falter right from over one as the experienced Praveen Kumar dismissed in form Ajinkya Rahane off the second delivery with a phenomenal catch by the skipper Suresh Raina.
Chasing a challenging 172-run target, the Lions dropped Jason Roy for the game, and a revised opening pair of Brendon McCullum (49 off 32 balls) and Dwayne Smith (47 off 30) blasted the team towards victory with a 94-run stand in the opening nine overs.
Though both fell short of fifty, the damage had already been done, and captain Suresh Raina (35no off 22) guided his team to their target with 12 balls to spare.
Earlier, debutant Andrew Tye registered the second hat- trick of the day to enable Gujarat Lions restrict Rising Pune Supergiant to 171 for eight.
Right-arm pacer Tye, playing his first IPL match, returned with impressive figures of 5 for 17 from his four overs to keep Supergiant undercheck, especially after a blazing start by opener Rahul Tripathi (33 off 17) and skipper Steven Smith (43 off 28).
Tye’s was the second hat-trick of the day in the history of IPL after Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Samuel Badree (4/9) achieved the feat earlier in the day against Mumbai Indians in a losing cause.
Tye’s efforts were in a winning cause, however, as Gujarat restricted Pune to 171–8 batting first — Ben Stokes managing 25 from 18 balls — before then making light work of the run chase.
A phenomenal hat-trick along with a fifer from the debutant Andrew Tye gives the Gujarat Lions their first win in the 10th season of IPL as they ramp up a 7-wicket victory over Rising Pune Supergiant at Rajkot.
The Lions playing on the home ground, working as the added advantage the to openers set up a carnival of boundaries as Dwayne and McCullum set up a 91-run opening stand. Smith even brought in the dangerous Tahir, but he too was punished with consecutive boundaries off the two batsmen.
The Giants, well they seemed to have slipped down to the bottom most position now.
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