Player of the Match: A Five-star Tye!

Even Tye, who was adjudged the Man of the Match, agreed. “The slower ball worked very well for me,” said the Australian. While his five-for helped Gujarat return to winning ways, his impressive form has also solved the bowling problems for the side, especially in the death overs.

Andrew Tye does a Shoaib Akhtar's helicopter celebration after taking a hat-trick in Rajkot on Friday.   -  PTI

Looks like this is one evening Andrew Tye would remember for long. After all, in his first game of the season for the Gujarat Lions, the Australian bowler made his presence felt—that too with a hat-trick and a five-wicket haul!

With the Suresh Raina-led Gujarat Lions walking on rough roads, it was important for a bowler to lift the team’s morale, and that’s why Tye’s inclusion is all the more significant. Even as the side conceded runs in the middle overs against Rising Pune Supergiant, Tye put a run-check in the final over, and also scalped three successive wickets.

So, what worked for him?

The answer is simple—slower ball.

Even Tye, who was adjudged the Man of the Match, agreed. “The slower ball worked very well for me,” said the Australian. While his five-for helped Gujarat return to winning ways, his impressive form has also solved the bowling problems for the side, especially in the death overs.

A smart cricketer, Tye has varied pace, and that perhaps gives him the edge. While a five-for start to the tournament is special for a cricketer, the Australian has eyes set on Test debut. “It's a good format of cricket, but traditionally, I would still love to play Test cricket,” is what Tye said.

The real test has just started for the 30-year-old, and he would be hoping to roar again. After all, such ties are to die for!