Caribbean T20 champions Trinidad & Tobago got their Champions League T20 campaign off to a winning start by beating Big Bash League champions Brisbane Heat in the tournament's opening Group B match in Ranchi.
Otago Volts ensured that they will go through to the Champions League T20 proper with a 100 per cent winning record by dispatching the similarly already-qualified Sunrisers Hyderabad by five wickets in Mohali.
Ishant Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Parthiv Patel were the stars as India's Sunrisers Hyderabad eased past Sri Lanka's Kandurata Maroons to get their qualifying campaign for the 2013 Champions League T20 off to a winning start.
Sydney Sixers delivered an utterly ruthless performance to thrash Highveld Lions by 10 wickets and claim the Champions Trophy title in a one-sided final at The Wanderers in Johannesburg.
The Sixers added the CLT20 crown to their Big Bash win by cruising to 124 without loss in 12.3 overs having earlier dismissed the Lions for 121.
Nashua Titans all-rounder David Wiese chose the opportune moment to hit the quickest half-century of the tournament to date but it was not enough as the Sydney Sixers won a last-ball thriller to reach the final of the Champions League Twenty20.
Wiese needed just 25 balls to reach the landmark, driving Titans to a score of 163 for five but they were beaten as James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc scrambled through for a bye from the final ball.
Highveld Lions defeated Delhi Daredevils by 22 runs in the first semi-final of the Champions League Twenty20 at a windy Kindsmead Stadium in Durban.
Conditions made it hard for batting but also tricky for the bowlers and fielders and Lions' score of 139 for seven proved to be a winning one when Delhi limped to 117 for nine in reply.
A capacity crowd is expected for the final of the Champions League Twenty20 at The Wanderers Stadium at Johannesburg on Sunday, according to league organisers.
There is the possibility of an all-South African final with Highveld Lions taking on Delhi Daredevils in one semi-final and Nashua Titans meeting Sydney Suxers in the other.
The final group game of the Champions League Twenty20 between Nashua Titans and Delhi Daredevils was abandoned without a ball being bowled at Centurion Park.
Both sides had already qualified so the heavy rain changed nothing in terms of qualification, although the no result confirmed Delhi as the group winners.
Perth Scorchers ended their Champions League Twenty20 campaign by beating Auckland Aces by 16 runs at Centurion Park, knocking New Zealand's representatives out of the competition in the process.
Perth worked hard to reach 140 for seven on a slow pitch and their bowlers then produced an effective performance to hold Auckland to 124 for eight in reply.
Sydney Sixers made it a perfect four wins out of four in the Champions League Twenty20 as they held on to beat reigning champions Mumbai Indians by 12 runs in Durban.
Although they came close to winning before reaching 124 for eight in reply to Sydney's 136 for seven, Mumbai ended the tournament with three defeats and a no result to show for their efforts.