IPL: Day 23 in pictures

Axar Patel picked up the first hat-trick of this IPL season and his four-wicket haul helped Kings XI Punjab successfully defend its total in Rajkot on Sunday. Photo: PTI
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The newly appointed Kings XI Punjab captain Murali Vijay decided to go on a leather hunt and scored his 10th IPL fifty. He also stitched together a 65-run opening partnership with Marcus Stoinis. Photo: PTI
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Shivil Kaushik was the pick of the bowlers for Gujarat Lions. He scalped three including the crucial wicket of Murali Vijay. Photo: PTI
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In the second match of the day, Steven Smith picked up from where he left off and scored a brisk 45 runs for Rising Pune Supergiants against Mumbai Indians at the Maharashtra Cricket Association ground at Gahunje. Photo: Vivek Bendre
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Saurabh Tiwary collected 57 runs to help RPS set a respectable 160-run target against Mumbai Indians. Photo: Vivek Bendre
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MI's Jasprit Bumrah picked up three wickets including the crucial wicket of Steven Smith. Photo: Vivek Bendre
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Parthiv Patel played a cameo of 21 runs before he fell caught behind to RPS skipper and wicket-keeper M.S. Dhoni. Photo: Vivek Bendre
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But skipper Rohit Sharma — nicknamed Hitman in the Mumbai Indians dressing room — led from the front to anchor a perfect chase on Sunday. He was unbeaten on 85. Photo: Vivek Bendre
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