Aussie dedicates wicket haul to late grandmother

Australian all-rounder Andrew Tye had paid an emotional tribute to his late grandmother after dedicating his four-wicket IPL haul to her memory.

Tye learned of his nan’s passing just hours before his Kings XI Punjab went down to the Rajasthan Royals by 15 runs.

Jos Buttler smashed his third successive half-century to overshadow Lokesh Rahul’s unbeaten 95 as the Royals sealed the win.

That was despite the best efforts of Tye, who struck three times in the last over to remove Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Jaydev Unadkat.

The Aussie, who finished with figures of 4/34, revealing afterwards that his family’s loss was always in the back of his mind.

Tye dedicated his four-wicket haul to his late grandmother. Pic: IPL

“My grandmother passed away today, so I’d like to dedicate this to her and all my family in England. It’s been an emotional day,” Tye said.

“It was a pretty tough day but I always enjoy and look forward to coming to play cricket.

“We’ve got a great bunch of guys here and I love coming out here and putting on a show for the crowd.”

Buttler hit 82 off 58 balls in Rajasthan’s 158-8 after captain Ajinkya Rahane had won the toss and elected to bat.

Rahul, who anchored Punjab to victory against the same opponents with an unbeaten 84 on Sunday, didn’t get much support as his team was then restricted to 143-7.

With all eight teams having played 10 matches, Rajasthan moved up to sixth on eight points after winning for the fourth time. Punjab is third on 12 points.

Butler steered the Royals to a 15-run victory. Pic: IPL

Buttler gave Rajasthan a whirlwind start, with 63 runs coming in the first six overs, before Punjab hit back through Tye and Afghanistan’s 17-year-old spinner Mujeebur Rahman (2-21).

Mujeebur dismissed Buttler, who was stumped by Rahul, and Sanju Samson (22).

Punjab, in reply, lost wickets at regular intervals as only opener Rahul and Marcus Stoinis (11) reached double figures.

Chris Gayle was smartly stumped by Buttler down the leg side for one and Ravichandran Ashwin was bowled after the Punjab skipper promoted himself to No. 3.

With 48 required off 12 balls, Rahul struck three consecutive boundaries off the penultimate over from Archer.

Rahul then hit Unadkat for a six and two fours in the last over but his late run blitz proved in vain.