Vastavam Web: Savouring their first win in IPL 10, Gujarat Lions captain Suresh Raina today said it was a difficult proposition for his side to make a strong comeback in the tournament, especially after ending up on the losing side in their first two games.Gujarat Lions, who finished third in their debut season last year, comfortably defeated Rising Pune Supergiant by seven wickets to register their first win in the ongoing IPL.Raina was full of praise for debutant fast bowler Andrew Tye (5/17) who registered the second hat-trick on a single day in the history of IPL today.
“I thought AJ (Tye) bowled brilliantly. He is a very smart cricketer who varies his pace, especially in the death overs,” he said.Raina also praised the opening duo of Brendon McCullum (49) and Dwayne Smith (47), who had set the platform for the comfortable chase with a 94-run opening stand.Supergiant skipper Steven Smith said losing wickets in a heap after a good start held them back from posting a bigger total on the board, especially on a good batting wicket.
“I don’t think that wicket really changed over the course of 40 overs. It was a pretty good wicket. We got ourselves into a good position but lost a few wickets in clumps and we weren’t good enough tonight,” he said.Man-of-the-match Andrew Tye said slower delivery worked wonders for him today.”It’s a good format of cricket, but traditionally, I would still love to play Test cricket. The slower ball worked very well for me,” said Tye.