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.
The Kings XI Punjab turned the IPL form book on its head with a crushing 76-run victory over pace-setters the Mumbai Indians in Mohali.
After the Kings XI batted competently to make 163 for eight, they dismissed a shellshocked Mumbai side for just 87 - their lowest score of the touranment to date - in a mere 12.5 overs.
Sourav Ganguly's return to the Indian Premier League helped the Pune Warriors take a second win in a row as they fairly coasted to a six-wicket success over the Deccan Chargers.
For some teams, playing at home brings a distint advantage but for the Deccan Chargers the opposite remains true and they have now still only once at their home ground in three seasons of IPL cricket in India.
Chennai Super Kings claimed a strong victory at Jaipur, beating Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League 2011 by 63 runs. It was the highest margin of defeat at home for the Royals and severely dents their hopes of a top four finish. Chennai meanwhile climbed to second spot, though are equal on points with Kolkata Knight Riders.
A look back at the weekend action in the Indian Premier League 2011, which was dominated by the heroics of West Indian Chris Gayle, who blasted a century and then 44 in just 16 balls for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, who won two out of two.
Mumbai Indians fast bowler Lasith Malinga has been fined five percent of his match fee after he pleaded guilty to a code of conduct breach.
He bowled two high-pitched deliveries during his side's 32-run win over the Delhi Daredevils and was immediately warned out of the attack by the on-field umpires.
Pune Warriors ended their seven match losing streak in the Indian Premier League 2011 with a five-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab at Mohali.
It was only their third win in ten games and it also consigned Punjab to last placed in the league table, severely denting their hopes of making it to the play-offs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore thrashed Kochi Tuskers at Bangalore, emerging victorious by nine wickets with nearly seven overs to go.
It boosted their chances of an Indian Premier League 2011 play-off spot as they have to contend mainly with Rajasthan Royals, while Kochi let themselves down badly.
The Mumbai Indians continued their dominance at the top of the IPL with a comprehensive 32 run victory over the Delhi Daredevils at Mumbai. It took their points tally to 16 and brought almost certain assurances of a place in the play-offs, while diminishing any such hopes for their opposition.
Kolkata Knight Riders pipped defending champions Chennai Super Kings by 10 runs (D/L method) at Kolkata, proving that their new found IPL 2011 success is not a flash in the pan.
The match was partly washed off due to rain that had earlier threatened any chance of play and later returned to end it prematurely.
Chris Gayle's virtuoso performance saw the Royal Challengers Bangalore to a thumping 85-run win over the Kings XI Punjab and reaffirm their Indian Premier League play-off credentials.
Gayle became the first man to register two IPL centuries and the third to score three Twenty20 centuries as he made 107 out of his side's 205 for six.
Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne has announced he is to retire from cricket at the end of the current Indian Premier League season.
Warne, who has captained the Rajasthan Royals in all four season of the Twenty20 league, announced on his Twitter page that this season would be his last.
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They were looking ahead to the Indian Premier League match between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Kings XI Punjab, the fifth and final One-Day International between the West Indies and Pakistan and England's forthcoming Test series against Sri Lanka.
Virender Sehwag scored a whirlwind century to guide the Delhi Daredevils to a badly needed four-wicket win over the Deccan Chargers in Hyderabad.
In pursuit of 176 to win, they slumped to 32 for three before their chances, and perhaps their Indian Premier League season as well, were revitalised by a blistering innings of 119 in 56 balls from captain Sehwag.
The Kochi Tuskers Kerala scored a second win of the season over the Kolkata Knight Riders to further their hopes of reaching the Indian Premier League 2011 play-offs.
Having shocked the high-flying Knight Riders with a win earlier this year at Eden Gardens, they repeated the trick with a 17-run victory at home in Kochi.
A look back at the latest action from the IPL 2011, which included wins for the Mumbai Indians, who now top the table, the reigning champions Chennai Super Kings, and one of this year's most improved teams, the Kolkata Knight Riders.
The Mumbai Indians returned to the top of the Indian Premier League table by inflicting a seventh consecutive defeat on the beleaguered Pune Warriors.
Mumbai took 28 runs from their penultimate over to post 160 for seven before restricting the Warriors to 139 for seven and condemning them to a 21-run defeat that leaves them rooted to the bottom of the table.
The Chennai Super Kings made it five straight home wins in the Indian Premier League 2011 with an eight-wicket win over the Rajasthan Royals.
They chased down 149 for two with Michael Hussey and Suresh Raina scoring half-centuries after restricting the Royals to 147 for six.
The thing about the Twenty20 format is that it is impossible to have a consistently long winning or losing run. The game can change in the blink of an eye, which is usually shorter in duration than even one complete over. From what we have witnessed in the last three seasons of the Indian Premier League, no single team has won all its fourteen league matches or indeed lost all of them. Be it at the top of the table or at the bottom of it, teams have found ways to spring surprises in at least two or three games and get some points on the board.
The Kolkata Knight Riders hit the top of the Indian Premier League 2011 table with a 20-run victory over the Deccan Chargers in Hyderabad.
Yusuf Pathan benefited from being dropped three times on his way to 47 not out to help the Knight Riders post a score of 169 for four before the Deccan Chargers closed on 149 for six in reply.