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IPL 10, Match 13 GL v RPS Review: Andrew Tye bags hat-trick, McCullum, Smith help GL get off the mark

Gujarat Lions won quite comprehensively by 7 wickets and with more than 2 overs to spare.

Andrew Tye IPL 10
Andrew Tye. (Photo Source: BCCI)

Gujarat Lions (GL) registered their maiden win in Vivo IPL 10 as the bottom-placed side brushed aside Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) by 7 wickets and with 2 overs to spare. After the openers Dwayne Smith and  Brendon McCullum got Gujarat off to a sensational start, it was captain Suresh Raina and Aaron Finch who ensured Lions reached the target with relative ease.

Pune was bolstered by the return of their captain Steve Smith who missed the previous match due to a stomach bug. It was his 28 balls 43 and Manoj Tiwary’s 31 which propelled the visitors to a score of 171 in their allotted 20 overs. Andrew Tye bagged the 2nd hat-trick of the day as the debutant finished with exceptional figures of 5/17 in 4 overs.

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Winning the toss Gujarat Lions captain won the toss and put the visitors in. Veteran medium pacer Praveen Kumar provided the hosts with a much needed early breakthrough by removing Ajinkya Rahane in the 3rd delivery of the over. It was a good length delivery which came back in and Rahane edged it to the slip cordon. Captain Suresh Raina who was stationed in the slip cordon took a blinder to send back his national teammate Rahane back to the pavilion. The southpaw proved yet again why he is one of the very best fielders in the world.

Captain Steve Smith began with a boundary of Praveen Kumar in the opening over and his partner Rahul Tripathi also began with a boundary of Basil Thampi in the first delivery of the 2nd over. The youngster looked in good touch as the right-hander smashed a couple of boundaries more in the next two overs. Smith stepped down to Shadabh Jakati and smashed the left-arm spinner for a four and six of the 4th over.

Praveen Kumar was belted for 24 runs by Tripathi and Smith in the 5th over as the medium pacer looked clueless in front of those two batsmen. Pune raced to a score of 60/1 in the first 5 overs with a run rate of 12 and looked in a dominating position. Tripathi grabbed the opportunity with both hands and made his way to a quickfire 33 of a mere 17 deliveries which included 3 fours and 2 sixes.

Andrew Tye began his IPL career with the wicket of dangerous Tripathi who was looking ominous out there at the crease. Captain Steve Smith looked in good touch before falling to Dwayne Smith. It was a huge wicket in the context of the game. Manoj Tiwary and Ankit Sharma added late impetus to the innings with some lusty blows. It was all down to the final over when things changed dramatically and we had the 2nd hat-trick of the day after Samuel Badree bagged the earlier one in the afternoon match against the Mumbai Indians.

The debutant bagged the wickets of Ankit Shama, Manoj Tiwary and Shardul Thakur in the first 3 deliveries of the final over. It was a sensational piece of bowling by the Aussie with his slower ones and cutters and was due for the 6th one but missed out unluckily. The total of 172 wasn’t going to be a tough ask for Gujarat Lions given the fact they have a star-studded batting line-up.

Caribbean all-rounder Dwayne Smith strolled out in the middle to accompany Brendon McCullum. This is a position where Smith loves to bat and proved why is one of the most dangerous batsmen, especially in this format. He began with a couple of fours and six of Ankit Sharma in the opening over to set the tone for the run chase. McCullum wasn’t far behind either as he came dancing down the track to thump his countrymen Lockie Ferguson for a huge six over the long-off region.

Fours kept coming thick and fast as Lions raced off to 46/0 in 5 overs. Leg-spinner Imran Tahir was introduced into the attack in the 6th over but for the first time, he was a given a tap by McCullum as the former Kiwi captain smashed him for a couple of fours and six in the 6th over to take Gujarat Lions to 61/0 in 6 overs.

Yet again Imran Tahir was at the receiving end of a McCullum onslaught as the leggie was yet again deposited over the boundary ropes as Lions accumulated 20 runs from the 8th over. It was a sensational start by Gujarat and there was no looking back for the hosts. Both McCullum and Smith fell in quick succession but by then they had got the home team to a position of strength.

Tahir got his first wicket of the match as Dinesh Karthik was played on by a short of length delivery from the leggie. Captain Suresh Raina also looked in good touch and smashed a huge six of Rahul Chahar in the 14th over. With 49 required from the final six overs, the match was firmly tilted in favour of the hosts. Raina collected two boundaries of Ben Stokes in the 15th over to bring the calculation down to 39 of the last 5 overs.

Imran Tahir got serious treatment in his final over as Finch and Raina smashed him for a hat-trick of boundaries as the leggie finished with the worst figures of 1/53 in his career. It was Finch who finished off the proceedings with a four and consecutive sixes of Lockey Ferguson in the 18th over. It was a resounding victory by the Gujarat Lions which will surely bolster their confidence as the tournament progresses. With the win, they have also leapfrogged Pune to the 7th position.

Brief Scores

Rising Pune Supergiant 171/8 in 20 overs (Steve Smith 43, Manoj Tiwary 31, Ankit Sharma 25, Andrew Tye 5/17)

Gujarat Lions 172/3 in 18 overs (Brendon McCullum 49, Dwayne Smith 47, Shardul Thakur 1/14)

Gujarat Lions won by 7 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)

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