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IPL 2017: It wasn't easy to comeback after two consecutive loses, says GL skipper Suresh Raina
The table-toppers of previous year's Indian Premier League, Gujarat Lions, started off with almost a nightmare in this season after losing both their opening matches.

However, they came back strong against the Rising Pune Supergiant to register their first win of this year on Friday. Savouring their win in IPL 10, team Lions' skipper Suresh Raina said that it was not easy at all for his side to make a strong comeback in this tournament, especially after ending up losing their first two games.

Team Gujarat, who finished third in their debut season last year, defeated Rising Pune Supergiant comfortably by seven wickets to register their first win in the ongoing Indian Premier League.

"It was difficult for us to comeback strongly after losing the two games," said Raina at the post-match ceremony here.

Raina praised the debutant fast bowler Andrew Tye (5 wickets for 17 runs) who registered the second hattrick on a single day in the history of IPL.

"I think AJ (Tye) bowled brilliantly. He is a very smart cricketer who varies his pace, especially in the death overs," he said.

Raina was also full of praises for the opening duo of Dwayne Smith (47) and Brendon McCullum (49), who set the platform for a comfortable chase with a 94-run opening partnership.

Team Supergiant captain Steven Smith said that losing wickets in quick succession after a good start held his team back from posing a bigger score on the board for the opposition team, that too on a good batting wicket.

Andrew Tye, man-of-the-match, said that the slower deliveries worked wonders for him on Friday.

"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.

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