Tye became the first bowler ever to pick up a hat-trick and take a five-for on IPL debut. Bowling for the first time in the sixth over of the match, Tye struck to dismiss opener Rahul Tripathi. He then got the big fish Ben Stokes with the first ball of his second over as RPS were reduced to 106/4. It was in his fourth over – final over of the innings – that Tye removed Ankit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary and Shardul Thakur off the first three balls to register the second hat-trick of the day.
It has been a long wait for you, but it couldn’t have been any better.
I think it was 34 matches now to get my first IPL game. The way it came out today, it couldn’t have been any better. We went out there with a certain attitude. We had to be energetic. We had to get things done. It started with the first over that Praveen Kumar bowled and the catch that Suresh Raina took. It was a world-class performance from the whole team.
When did you find out that you were playing? How crucial was it for your confidence to get the wicket in your first over?
Finally, this morning our Coach Hodgy (Brad Hoge) told me ‘Get set to play. You’re definitely playing’. To get a wicket in the first over settled me down. I came here with nothing to lose. When you’ve waited that long for a chance, you got to take it. I was happy the way I came out and performed tonight.