Aaron Finch and Suresh Raina celebrate after beating RPS    BCCI
Aaron Finch and Suresh Raina celebrate after beating RPS BCCI

After losing two back-to-back games in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, Gujarat Lions (GL) savoured the first victory against Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in the match 13. Gujarat Lions, riding on an impressive start from Dwayne Smith (47 off 30) and Brendon McCullum (49 off 32) chased down a challenging target of 172 in 18 overs. Gujarat Lions now have a win in their kitty after starting IPL 2017 started on a poor note. GL were first defeated by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 10 wickets, which was followed by a 9-wicket defeat at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). But the team clicked in every department in the third game and sealed a much-needed victory. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: GL vs RRPS, IPL 2017 Match 13

Skipper Suresh Raina who too played vital 22-ball 35-run innings, helping his side to clinch the victory. 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. He was quoted as saying by PTI, “It was difficult for us to come back strongly after losing the two games. .

Raina heaped praise on pacer Andrew Tye who took a hat-trick as well as a five-for playing in his first IPL game. Tye finished with impressive figures of 5 for 17 in his 4 overs. Lauding Tye s efforts, Raina said, “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 appreciated the way Gujarat Lions openers Smith and McCullum went to form a formidable platform for the big chase. “Baz [McCullum] and Smith did it for us. They have done it for CSK and they did it again today.”

Meanwhile, Tye said the slower balls worked well for him. “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, who was adjudged Man of the Match.