Mumbai Indians kept up the pressure on Indian Premier League 2013 leaders Chennai Super Kings with a convincing 65-run win over reigning champions Kolkata Knight Riders.
Runs for Sachin Tendulkar, Dwayne Smith and Dinesh Karthik guided Mumbai to 170 for six before Harbhajan Singh took three for 27 to dismiss Kolkata for 105.
Four weeks into the 2013 Indian Premier League and the knock-outs' picture is beginning to take shape. If you compare it with 2012, it isn't a close run thing.
At this stage last season, there were seven teams vying for four spots. A year later, things have evolved a little bit more, with only five teams in the fray now and a sixth with an outside chance.
Reigning Indian Premier League champions Kolkata Knight Riders scored an important eight-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals that keeps their title defence alive at Eden Gardens.
They produced what was arguably their best performance of the tournament to date, holding Rajasthan to 132 for six and then powering to 133 for two inside 18 overs.
Delhi Daredevils made it two wins in their new home ground of Raipur on the trot with a seven-wicket success over Kolkata Knight Riders.
The two teams are moving in opposite directions. This was Delhi's second win on the bounce and third in four while Kolkata's defence of their title is slipping away fast after their fifth defeat in six matches. Both teams now have six points.
Chris Morris held his nerve in the last over of the match to bowl Chennai Super Kings to a 14-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders at home.
This was Chennai’s fifth win on the trot this Indian Premier League 2013 season and elevates them to the top of the points table, with 14 from nine games. For defending champions Kolkata, this was their sixth loss in nine matches, leaving them third from bottom with just six points.
Reigning champions Kolkata Knight Riders won their first Indian Premier League 2013 match in four as Manvinder Bisla anchored a six-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab.
Bisla was unbeaten on 51 as they overhauled Kings XI's score of 149 for six with 10 balls to spare, hauling themselves up to within two points of their defeated opponents with eight matches played.
Ideally this headline should read as 'Royal Challengers Bangalore Lay Down The Marker', having taken an early lead in the Indian Premier League 2013. Despite Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals pushing towards the top, Virat Kohli's side has stayed at the top consistently. Chetan Narula rounds up the latest IPL 2013 action as we approach the halfway stage.
Mumbai Indians revived their flagging Indian Premier League 2013 fortunes with a last-over five-wicket win over reigning champions Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens.
After Dwayne Smith had thumped 62, it was left to Ambati Rayudu to hit the penultimate ball for four to hand Kolkata a third consecutive defeat, and one that leaves their chances of retaining the title hanging by a thread.
Chennai Super Kings carried on their winning form from Delhi to the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, beating their hosts Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets. The win is a fourth one for Chennai in six games, elevating them to third in the points table with eight points. Kolkata meanwhile have suffered a fourth loss in as many matches, lying third from last in the table, with only four points from two wins.
Kings XI Punjab registered their second win of the Indian Premier League 2013 by defeating reigning champions Kolkata Knight Riders by four runs.
They moved up to fifth place in the table as a result of holding on at the end, as Kolkata slipped to sixth places after suffering their third loss.
In their latest series of Indian Premier League 2013 podcasts, John Pennington and Chetan Narula discuss a number of topics, ranging from Delhi Daredevils' struggles to the form of Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.
Two weekends in the 2013 Indian Premier League have come and gone, almost as a wind. The cricket on show has been enticing, at times a little slow and at other times the supposed entertainment took over.
The one assured aspect that came out on top though, and will continue to do so, is the ebb and flow of different teams as fortunes will change daily. Chetan Narula runs the rule over the start of the 2013 tournament.
Kolkata Knight Riders overcame their reversal in form to register a 48-run win against Sunrisers Hyderabad at Eden Gardens in Kolkata in game 17 of the Indian Premier League 2013.
It was the visitors’ first loss in three games as they are stand in third place in the points table, with six points from five matches. Kolkata are on four points from as many matches.
Chris Gayle blasted Royal Challengers Bangalore to an eight-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders as they registered their second straight Indian Premier League 2013 victory.
After they fought back to restrict Kolkata to 154 for eight, Gayle smashed 85 not out in 50 balls to see the Challengers home with more than two overs to spare.
Cricket World TV looks back at the opening week of the Indian Premier League 2013 - IPL 2013 - IPL 6 in India, which at the time of recording saw four times level on two points at the top of the table.
The topsy-turvy start to the indian Premier League 2013 continued as unfancied Rajasthan Royals beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 19 runs in Jaipur.
Brad Hodge scored an unbeaten 46 as the Royals made 144 for six but they then produced a fine bowling effort to dismiss the reigning champions for 125 in reply.
After seven matches of the 2013 Indian Premier League, John Pennington and Chetan Narula discuss the start of the tournament, which has seen outsiders Sunrisers Hyderabad hit the top of the table.
James Pattinson will miss the Indian Premier League after suffering another setback which also threatens his participation in June's Champions Trophy.
He is set to undergo abdominal surgery which will put him out of action for around four weeks, although Cricket Australia (CA) are optimistic that he will be fit in time for the Ashes.
The opening game of the 2013 Indian Premier League saw reigning champions Kolkata Knight Riders beginniing their campaign wih a ruthless six-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils in front of their home crowd.
Daredevils were dismissed for just 128 after being put into bat and Kolkata overcame a few stumbles before closing on 129 for four in the penultimate over.
Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the Pepsi Indian Premier League (IPL) will combine for the sixth successive year to ensure that the 2013 IPL tournament is played in the right spirit.
The sixth edition of the IPL starts today, when 2012 winners, Kolkata Knight Riders, host Delhi Daredevils at Eden Gardens.
John Pennington and Chetan Narula preview the Indian Premier League 2013 by assessing each team's strengths and weaknesses, their key player and then making their predictions.
A number of Indian Premier League 2013 matches have been rescheduled to avoid clashes with assembly elections in Karnataka.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka players are set to be given the go-ahead to play in the tournament but will not feature in any matches in Chennai.
Australians Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson and James Faulkner were among the big winners as the auction for IPL 2013 took place in Chennai. Maxwell fetched the biggest amount of the day when he was sold for $1 million (five times his base price) to Mumbai Indians. Faulkner and Richardson also fetched more than expected, with the former selling for $400,000 to Rajasthan Royals and Richardson going to Pune Warriors for an incredible $700,000.
The auction for the sixth season of the Indian Premier League will be held on 3rd February in Chennai, according to reports and social media posts.
IPL Chief Executive Officer Sundar Raman tweeted the following: "Pepsi IPL auction will be held on 3rd Feb in Chennai starting 11am IST."