It was the flattest of decks and yet, Gujarat Lions pacer Andrew Tye stole the show in his debut game in the cash-rich league. Tye impressed from the word go and finished with not only a hat-trick in his first game, but also the first fifer in this edition of the league.
His figures of 5/17 went a long way in restricting Rising Pune Supergiant to 171/8 after they started the 20th over of the innings on 167/5 with both Manoj Tiwary (31 off 26 balls) and Ankit Sharma (25 off 14 balls) going strong. But Tye picked a hat-trick and gave away just 4 runs in the crucial final over.
It all started in his very first over when he dismissed Rahul Tripathi against the run of play. Along with skipper Steven Smith, Tripathi was going great guns, when Tye’s slower delivery ended his 17-ball knock of 33.
Tye then returned to dismiss the dangerous Ben Stokes just when he was looking to take the game by the scruff of the neck. Batting on 25 off 17 balls with a six and two boundaries, Stokes looked to flick Tye, but the slower worked again as Stokes was cleaned up.
But his best was stored for the last. Coming in to bowl the last over of the innings, Tye ended up picking the second hat-trick of the day after Samuel Badree had picked a hat-trick for RCB against MI earlier at the 4pm game in Bengaluru.
Tye got his first wicket off the first ball as the dangerous-looking Ankit went for another biggie and ended up handing a catch to Brendon McCullum at long-on.
Tiwary was his second scalp as the right-hander couldn't read Tye's slower ball and was caught by Ishan Kishan at the square-leg boundary.
But Tye's third wicket was the best of the lot as a slow-yorker deceived Shardul Thakur completely and he was clean bowled. Tye could have had his fourth wicket in the over, but an easy catch was grassed by Ravindra Jadeja at deep mid-wicket.
It was a great show by Tye and played a big role in Gujarat Lions registering their first win of the season.