Suresh Raina lauds hat-trick hero Andrew Tye after Gujarat’s first win this season

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first_imgGujarat Lions captain Suresh Raina was a happy man after his team registered their first victory in this year’s Indian Premier League by beating the Rising Pune Supergiants by seven wickets in Rajkot on Friday.Gujarat rode on Brendon McCullum and Dwane Smith’s explosive opening stand to chase down 172 in just 18 overs with seven wickets in hand after debutant Andrew Tye’s hat-trick in the first innings. (Also read: Pretty good feeling, says Andrew Tye after hat-trick on debut)Tye (5/17), who ended with the best bowling figures for a debutant in the IPL, drew high praise from the captain.”AJ bowled brilliantly. I’m very happy for him, he’s a smart cricketer and varies his pace smartly in the death overs,” said Raina. (Also read: Andrew Tye takes hat-trick on debut for Gujarat Lions, finishes with five-wicket haul)Raina also lauded the team for a good comeback after losing two games back-to-back.”Losing 2 games it was very difficult for us. To come back strongly we needed a good team performance,” said the Uttar Pradesh batsman. (Also read: Andrew Tye, Samuel Badree: 2 matches, 2 hat-tricks, different results)The Lions, after going top heavy and playing four overseas batsmen in the first two matches, finally found the right combination as Smith was sent up the order to re-unite him with his partner in crime McCullum and that paid off perfectly. The duo smashed 94 runs in just 8.5 overs before Smith fell on 47 to Shardul Thakur.Talking about the dynamic duo up top, Raina said that he was happy with their seasoned performance.advertisement”Jason missed out today, but Baz and Smith did the job for us. They had good partnerships last year also. It’s a good team effort today. They did it for so many years for CSK and now they are doing it for us. Very happy,” he said.Today was a special day for the Gujarat captain as he played his 150th IPL match and he thanked god before signing off with a smile.”God has been really kind to me, 150th game and can’t ask for more (on claiming a win in his 150th game in the IPL,” said Raina as he signed off.last_img

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