The Kolkata Knight Riders kept up their concerted push for a play-off place in the Indian Premier League with an utterly dominant seven-wicket win over the Pune Warriors.
Whereas other teams, notably the Deccan Chargers, have found their best form once they have been ruled out of contention and the pressure has been lifted, the same cannot be said for Pune, for whom this was another lacklustre performance.
Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne has been fined $US 50,000 after he was found guilty of an Indian Premier League (IPL) contract breach.
A hearing was held in Mumbai regarding an incident that occurred following the match between the Royals and the Chennai Super Kings in Jaipur on 11th May.
The Chennai Super Kings qualified for the play-offs of the Indian Premier League 2011 with their seventh win in a row at home as they ended the already-slim hopes of the Kochi Tuskers Kerala.
They scored 152 for five as they showed impressive acceleration in the final overs of their innings and they produced a solid effort in the field to hold Kochi to 141 for five.
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A review of the last two games played in the Indian Premier League 2011, which saw the Pune Warriors' hopes of making the play-offs end after they were beaten by the Deccan Chargers and a stunning century from Adam Gilchrist as the Kings XI Punjab smashed the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 111 runs to keep their play-off hopes alive.
Kings XI Punjab halted Royal Challengers Bangalore's winning streak, beating them by a huge 111 runs in a one-sided Indian Premier League encounter in Dharamsala.
This also enabled them to stay on course for a play-off spot, helping boost their run-rate. It also piled pressure on Kolkata Knight Riders and possibly Mumbai Indians, as all three teams may end up on equal points, making for a tense last week of action in the IPL.
The Pune Warriors' hopes of reaching the play-offs of the Indian Premier League 2011 are no more after they fell to a six-wicket defeat at the hands of the Deccan Chargers in Mumbai.
The win for the Chargers was their second in three days after they turned over Mumbai Indians but that run of form came too late for them as they cannot make it into the top four.
A look back at the weekend's action from the Indian Premier League, including Royal Challengers Bangalore qualifying for the play-offs, Mumbai Indians suffering a defeat to the Deccan Chargers despite the best efforts of Sachin Tendulkar and an excellent weekend for the Kings XI Punjab, who remain in with a chance of making the play-offs.
Brad Hodge took four wickets and then scored an unbeaten 33 to guide the Kochi Tuskers Kerala to an eight-wicket win over the Rajasthan Royals.
The Royals were dismissed for just 97 in 18.3 overs and the Kerala side raced to their target in just 7.2 overs with Brendon McCullum chipping in with 29 in just 12 balls - an innings that included four sixes.
Kings XI Punjab kept alive their hopes of a play-offs berth, beating Delhi Daredevils by 29 runs in game 60 of the Indian Premier League 2011.
At cool Dharamsala, they kept their collective calm to end up victors, though still needing wins in their remaining two matches to mathematically stay in the hunt for a top-four finish.
The Deccan Chargers beat the Mumbai Indians by ten runs to hand the tournament favourites a second straight defeat in a low-scoring encounter at the Wankhede Stadium.
No batsman could score more than 27 for the Chargers but their score of 135 for six proved to be enough despite Dhawal Kulkarni returning figures of three for 26.
Chris Gayle obtained custody of the Orange Cap as the Royal Challengers Bangalore beat the Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets in a rain-shortened Indian Premier League match to book their place in the play-offs.
Kolkata's innings was halted with them on 69 for two and following a lengthy delay, the game was reduced to 13 overs per side. They added 20 further runs before Bangalore's target was adjusted to 102.
Chris Gayle looks a happy man. After all, he is doing what he loves doing, decimating bowling attacks with aplomb. Adding to his happiness is probably the fact that he doesnâ€™t have to return home to play Test cricket, something he has seemed disenchanted with in the past.
And this joy has rubbed off on the Royal Challengers Bangalore, making play-offs seem like a walk in the park
The Kings XI Punjab kept their own Indian Premier League 2011 hopes alive at the expense of the Kochi Tuskers Kerala with a measured six-wicket win in Kochi.
Mahela Jayawardene signed off ahead of Sri Lanka's tour of England with an excellent half-century to guide Punjab to 178 for seven before Kochi, led by 69 in 33 balls from Dinesh Karthik, chased down the runs with seven balls to spare.
A look back at the latest Indian Premier League 2011 action with wins for the Chennai Super Kings over the Delhi Daredevils and the Royal Challengers Bangalore over the Rajasthan Royals and starring performances from Chris Gayle, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Subramaniam Badrinath.
Reigning Indian Premier League champions the Chennai Super Kings moved a step closer to reaching the play-offs with an 18-run win over the Delhi Daredevils.
Half-centuries from Subramaniam Badrinath and Mahendra Singh Dhoni steered the men in yellow to a score of 176 for four before the Daredevils, under the tutelage of new captain James Hopes, could only reach 158 for six in reply.
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Royal Challengers Bangalore spoiled Shane Warne's farewell party at Jaipur, winning by a huge nine wickets and three overs to spare. It was their sixth win in a row as Rajasthan's chances of reaching the IPL 2011 play-offs are now only a remote mathematical possibility.
The latest news form from the Indian Premier League as it enters its closing stages. Wins this week for the Chennai Super Kings, Kings XI Punjab and the Pune Warriors and a winning return for Indian legend Sourav Ganguly.