Gujarat Lions came good against Rising Pune Supergiants in the 13th game of the Indian Premier League to register their first win of the competition. Gujarat had won their two previous games Rising Pune last year as resulted turned out to be no different to see the home side chase down a target of 172 runs.
Andrew Tye slotted into the lineup justified his selection bagged five wickets in his first game for Gujarat this season. The five-for also included a hat-trick that to restrict Pune to a modest total. Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith provided a brisk start to the innings as they put on 94 runs in a space of eight overs.
Smith showed his aggressive intent from the start as he smashed two fours and a six in the first over of the innings. McCullum also joined Smith as both picked regular boundaries and kept scoring at rate of knots to lay an down foundation for others to chase down the given score. Suresh Raina and Aaron Finch remained unbeaten till the end as they put on 35 run partnership once both the openers perished after giving a perfect to the innings. Imran Tahir was taken apart as leg spinner conceded 53 runs in his four-over spell as his googly was sent back to the stands multiple times. Lockie Ferguson also could not take any wickets as he conceded 44 runs as the second half saw bowlers get no assistance from the surface.
Earlier, Rising Pune lost the early wicket of Ajinkya Rahane in the opening over of the innings but Rahul Tripathi and Captain Steven Smith came together to form a partnership of 64 runs to build a nice platform for the side. Smith top scored with 43 runs off 28 balls before he was dismissed by medium pacer Dwayne Smith. Andrew Tye took out Rahul Tripathi, Manoj Tiwary and Ben Stokes who got off to starts and could not score big for Rising Pune. Tye took a hat-trick in the final over of the innings to see Rising Pune put up 171 runs off 20 overs.
Gujarat Lions are off the mark with a win in the Indian Premier League while Rising Pune Supergiant to continue slide down the pack in the points table.