Rajkot: Hat-trick hero Andrew Tye guided Gujarat Lions to their first win of the tenth season of the Indian Premier League against Rising Pune Supergiant at the Saurashtra Cricket Stadium in Rajkot on Friday.
Tye's figures of 17/5, coupled with scintillating batting display by openers Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum, helped Gujarat script a convincing 7-wicket win over Steven Smith's men.
Chasing a fighting total, McCullum and Smith simply blew away the RPS bowling attack early in the innings. Smith started the innings with a four off the first ball itself and went on to smash another four and a six in the same Ankit Sharma over to make his intentions clear.
McCullum joined the party in the next over by hitting a huge six in the next over off the bowling of Lockie Ferguson. Sloppy fielding didn't help Pune's cause either, as Shardul Thakur dropped a half-chance off his own bowling, giving McCullum another lifeline.
From there on, the duo hit boundaries at will and simply toyed with the Pune bowling. Gujarat crossed the 50-run mark in just the sixth over of the match while their score at the end of the 8th over read 91/0.
However, captain Suresh Raina took center stage from there on and along with the experienced Aaron Finch, ensured that Gujarat went over the line without sustaining any further hiccups.
The duo put on a 61-run partnership for the fourth wicket as Gujarat won the match with 12 balls to spare.
Earlier, Australian medium-pacer Andrew Tye's heroics helped Gujarat Lions restrict Rising Pune Supergiant to 171/8 in their designated 20 overs.
Batting first, Pune had the worst possible start as Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed by Praveen Kumar off the third ball of the innings. Skipper Suresh Raina plucked a stunning one-hand catch at first slip to send back the RPS opener.
But skipper Steven Smith joined forces with youngster Rahul Tripathi and the duo issued a remarkable fightback for Pune.
In the fourth over the innings, Smith and Tripathi bludgeoned 25 runs off the bowling of Praveen Kumar to make their intentions clear. The duo put on 64 runs off just 32 balls to guide Pune out of danger in no time.
Smith was joined at the crease by IPL's most expensive foreigner Ben Stokes and the duo steadied the ship for Pune. But the 25-run partnership was ended by Dwayne Smith as the West Indian removed dangerous-looking Smith for 43.
Stokes continued the onslaught on the other end and hit couple of boundaries in as many overs to release some pressure off Pune. However, Stokes' innings was cut short by Tye, who rattled the Englishman's stumps when he was batting on 25.
MS Dhoni didn't last long either as he was LBW by compatriot Ravindra Jadeja for 5. Late cameos from Ankit Sharma and Manoj Tiwary helped Pune cross the 150-run mark. And just when it looked like that Pune cross the 180-run mark with comfortable ease, Tye's last over heroics completely changed the complexion of the game.
But Tye's third wicket was the best of the lot as a slow-yorker completely deceived Shardul Thakur and he was clean bowled by the pacer. Tye could have had his fourth wicket in the over but an easy catch was grassed by Ravindra Jadeja of all people at deep mid-wicket.
Tye became the first player to pick a hat-trick on debut in the history of Indian Premier League, while his figures of 17/5 is also the best figures by a bowler on debut in the tournament.