Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) captain Steven Smith said on Friday night that losing wickets in a flurry against Gujarat Lions (GL) in the 13th match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) did not allow them to post a bigger total. After being asked to bat first and getting off to a strong start, Rising Pune Supergiant managed 171 for 8 with Andrew Tye’s maiden IPL hat-trick pegging them back towards the end of the innings. Gujarat Lions, in their chase, faced no troubles whatsoever and registered first victory of IPL 2017, by 7 wickets at Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) Ground in Rajkot. Andrew Tye’s record and other highlights
“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. The surface played better than we thought it would. When Dwayne (Smith) and McCullum get going, it’s hard to stop them and we could not come back after that,” Smith was quoted by PTI after the the game, which turned out to be the third defeat on the trot for his team in this IPL.
On Friday, as many as two bowlers registered hat-tricks in separate games. In the first match of the day, Samuel Badree recorded the first hat-trick of IPL 10 when he claimed the wickets of Parthiv Patel, Mitchell McClenaghan and Rohit Sharma in the third over of the second innings. In the second game, debutant Tye snaffled the wickets of Ankit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary and Shardul Thakur to register the second hat-trick of IPL 2017.