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A hat-trick from debutant all-rounder Andrew Tye and sensible top-order batting helped Gujarat Lions (GL) outclass Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) by seven wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Friday.

Tye bagged five wickets giving away 17 runs, the first in this edition of the IPL, including a hat-trick in the final over of Pune's innings, before the batsmen put on a collective show to chase down the 172 target, with two overs to spare. Tye's hat-trick was the second of the day after Royal Challengers Bangalore's leg-spinner Samuel Badree got another in the afternoon game against Mumbai Indians.

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The Gujarat Lions brought their losing streak to a halt at 3 games, and reclaimed top spot in the Indian Premier League standings, beating their closest rivals the Kolkata Knight Riders by 6 wickets at the Eden Gardens tonight.

The Lions won the toss and predictably invited the Knight Riders to have a bat. Praveen Kumar was the star of the show for the Lions early on, picking up a couple of big wickets at the top of the order, including that of Kolkata skipper Gautam Gambhir for 5. He was well supported by Dhawal Kulkarni, and surprise first change bowler Dwayne Smith as both men chipped in with a wicket each to reduce KKR to 24-4 with a ball left in the powerplay.

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A man of the match performance from Australian opener Aaron Finch allowed the Gujarat Lions to pick up a comfortable win on their IPL debut, beating the Kings XI Punjab by 5 wickets in Mohali in game 3 of Season 9.

After two rather insipid matches to open the tournament, match no.3 offered a bit more of a contest as the Kings XI Punjab won the toss and opted to bat first in Mohali.

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Quinton de Kock became the second South African after Richard Levi to score two T20 centuries and followed it up with 12 runs off four balls in the super over but it was not enough to get the Highveld Lions over the line in their final Group A match at the Champions League T20 match at Jaipur on Sunday.

The Otago Volts from New Zealand tied the Lions at 167 runs each and then posted 13 runs batting first in the Super Over. De Kock looked as though he had clinched the match when he hit the first three balls from the Volts batting hero, Jimmy Neesham, for 4, 6 and 1 but then his partner, Jean Symes, was out off the next ball. De Kock took a single off the fifth delivery but Dwayne Pretorius was only able to score a single off the final delivery.

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The Highveld Lions met their match in 41-year-old Rajasthan Royals leg-spinner, Pravin Tambe, to slump to a 30-run defeat in their second Group A match at the Champions League T20 competition at Jaipur on Wednesday. Having had their previous match washed out, the Lions are now under serious pressure to qualify for the knock-out stage.

The Lions, having won the toss and restricted the Rajasthan Royals to 183/5, were well on target for victory at the halfway stage when they were ahead of their opponents even though they had lost an extra wicket.

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The Qantas Wallabies are still in the hunt to retain the coveted Tom Richards Cup, after defeating the British & Irish Lions 16-15 in front of a record-breaking sports crowd of 56,771 at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

The Wallabies scored the only try of the match, with outside centre Adam Ashley-Cooper crossing over in the 75th minute to give his side the one-point lead they maintained for the rest of the match.

The Lions had a chance to win the contest and the series, with a shot at goal from halfway well after the fulltime siren, but Welsh fullback Leigh Halfpenny’s shot at goal fell short of the uprights and the Wallabies celebrated a famous victory.

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The British & Irish Lions have defeated the Melbourne Rebels 35-0 at AAMI Park to end their run of tour matches with a convincing win.

Playing in front of 28,658 fans, the Rebels showed they would not be intimidated by their international opponents, matching the visitors in both physicality and intensity in fine conditions at their home ground.

The Lions kicked off and the Rebels immediately found themselves under heavy defensive pressure as they looked for touch. The teams traded opportunities in the early stages, with the Lions the first side with an attacking chance.

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