Tye's was the second hat-trick of the day in the history of IPL after Royal Challengers Bangalore's Samuel Badree (4/9) achieved the feat earlier against Mumbai Indians in a losing cause.
Tye said he never ran out of patience while waiting to make his mark."Finally, this morning our coach Hodgy (Brad Hodge) told me 'Get set to play". "My first game today, to bowl the way I did was pretty good and then a hat-trick in there to top it off was a pretty good feeling as well". Lions drew first blood when Raina took a breathtaking one-handed catch in the slips to dismiss Ajinkya Rahane (0) off medium-pacer Praveen Kumar in the third ball of the match.
Four of Tye's five wickets were picked up using this technique of bowling slower balls.
Tye, in the last over of innings, dismissed Ankit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary and Shardul Thakur with the first three balls to halt RPS surge.
GL SQUAD: Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, James Faulkner, Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Karthik, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Andrew Tye, Ishan Kishan, Pradeep Sangwan, Shivil Kaushik, Shadab Jakati, Jaydev Shah, Nathu Singh, Basil Thampi, Tejas Singh Baroka, Manpreet Gony, Jason Roy, Munaf Patel, Chirag Suri, Shelly Shaurya, Shubham Agrawal, Pratham Singh, Aksh Deep Nath.
Andrew Tye, introduced into the attack in the sixth over, made immediate impact as he deceived Tripathi (33 from 17 balls) with a slower delivery and had the batsman caught at mid-off. The right-hander has not played in the last six months prior to the IPL due to a couple of injuries and coming straight into the T20 cricket tournament is not easy.
"Even if you are not playing, India is a great place to develop your game and learn from the best players in the world".
"I have waited for 34 matches to get my IPL debut but I wasn't overawed or under pressure". Playing with the worldwide players and the Indian players, my cricket has really come on.
"Unlike the hat-trick I took in the Big Bash, I actually knew it was a hat-trick ball".
With three sub-10 scores, Rohit would like to fire against Gujarat Lions especially on the Wankhede track, which is usually considered friendly for batsmen.
McCullum did not lag behind either to take fellow New Zealander Lockie Ferguson out of the park for a six over long-off before meting out special treatment to South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir, whose initial two overs cost Pune 35 runs. "When Dwayne (Smith) and McCullum get going, it's hard to stop them and we could not come back after that". Tye's hat-trick ball was ideal: a wobbly delivery that swerved in at Thakur, went past his flick and ricocheted into the stumps, lighting them up. To get better at it, Tye worked with a number of baseball players from Perth Heat.
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