Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly is set to make a belated appearance in the Indian Premier League 2011 with bottom side Pune Warriors.
The ex-Kolkata Knight Riders captain was overlooked at the auction and there was early-season speculation that he was going to sign for the Kochi Tuskers Kerala.
The Kochi Tuskers Kerala avenged their Indian Premier League defeat from three days ago when they beat the Delhi Daredevils by seven wickets at Delhi.
It could have rejuvenated their floundering campaign, the win coming after three straight losses and puts them at sixth place on eight points.
The Mumbai Indians maintained their impressive home record in the IPL 2011 with a 23-run over the Kings XI Punjab that severely dents the Mohali-based side's chances of reaching the play-offs.
Both Sachin Tendulkar and Ambati Rayudu made 51 as the Indians, who had lost the toss and been invited to bat by the Kings XI, made 159 for five.
The Chennai Super Kings continued their climb up the Indian Premier League 2011 table with a 19-run victory over Deccan Chargers at Chennai.
This win took them to ten points, jointly with Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders, firmly in sight of a knock-out place. Deccan meanwhile lost their fifth game out of eight and are now placed in the lower half of the table.
Rajasthan Royals registered a table topping victory at Jaipur, beating Pune Warriors by six wickets. It was the latter's sixth defeat on the bounce and pretty much consigns them to go empty handed this season, unless they pull off a major surprise. Rajasthan meanwhile have eleven points from nine games.
Chasing 144 for victory, Rajasthan didn't get off to the best of starts with Shane Watson and Rahul Dravid both getting out without doing too much.
Kolkata Knight Riders ventured into unchartered territory, topping the IPL table with ten points after they beat Kings XI Punjab by eight wickets in Kolkata. They are tied on points with Mumbai Indians who have a game in hand. Kings XI Punjab meanwhile have two games in hand and would want to prop up from their current eighth position.
Delhi Daredevils turned around their form and etched out a surprise win over Kochi Tuskers Kerala in Kochi, winning by 38 runs. The victory, only their third in eight matches, lifted them out of tenth position and upto seventh, whilst relegating Pune Warriors and Kochi to last and ninth respectively. For Kochi it was their third straight loss.
Royal Challengers Bangalore brushed aside any challenges from Pune Warriors at Bangalore, winning by 26 runs. With this win, they climbed to second in the table, demoting Rajasthan Royals who had momentarily taken that position earlier in the day. Meanwhile Pune have now lost their last five games and languish in the ninth spot, one above Delhi Daredevils.
Rajasthan Royals upset the apple-cart in their league clash with Mumbai Indians at Jaipur, ending up winners by a huge seven wickets. It was only the second defeat for Mumbai in seven matches this season and they still remain at the top of the table with ten points. However, Rajasthan moved to second place with their fourth win.
Kolkata Knight Riders returned to winning ways, notching up their fourth win at Delhi by 17 runs. While they climbed to second spot in the table, it was Delhi Daredevils fifth loss out of seven matches and leaves them only one defeat away from falling out of contention.
Ishant Sharma became the seventh man to take a five-wicket haul in the Indian Premier League as he demolished the Kochi Tuskers Kerala batting line-up to bowl the Deccan Chargers to a 55-run victory.
At one point, Kochi were two for four without a run having been scored off the bat and following Sharma's outstanding burst with the new ball they were 11 for six.
Subramaniam Badrinath scored an unbeaten half-century as the Chennai Super Kings beat the Pune Warriors for the second time in three days to go back to second place in the Indian Premier League 2011 table.
Badrinath was not out on 63 as his side overhauled the Warriors' score of 141 for six with three balls to spare and eight wickets in hand.
In association with bet365, this week, the team look ahead to the Indian Premier League 2011 game between the Kochi Tuskers Kerala and the Deccan Chargers, as well as assessing the chances of the West Indies in their third ODI against Pakistan later this week.
Cricket TV: A look back at the two Indian Premier League 2011 matches played this week, with wins for the Chennai Super Kings over the Pune Warriors and then the Royal Challengers Bangalore over the Delhi Daredevils.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore showed nerves of steel to beat the Delhi Daredevils by three wickets in an Indian Premier League 2011 match that twisted and turned throughout.
James Hopes' 54 helped the Daredevils post a competitive 160 for six but after Virat Kohli hit 56, Bangalore were in trouble at 115 for four in the 16th over before captain Daniel Vettori and Syed Mohammed rescued the innings and carried the Challengers home with three balls to spare.
Reigning Indian Premier League champions the Chennai Super Kings thoroughly outclassed the Pune Warriors on their way to a comprehensive 25-run win at home.
Michael Hussey scored a fluent 61 as the Super Kings posted 142 for six and their bowlers then finished off the job by restricting Pune to 117 for nine.
We associate the Indian Premier League with many things - thrill of Twenty20, exciting cricket, enthralling youngsters and experience of old salts, crazy fan-following for city-based franchises and a business-like thirst for success.
What we forget to realise year after year is that it also fuels a major debate, one that has been raging on for four seasons now. It is the old country versus franchise, patriotism against money debate, fuelled both by the lack of an ICC approved window and the packed international calendar.
A look back at a packed weekend's worth of Indian Premier League (IPL) action, which included two wins for the Mumba Indians as they returned to the top of the table, winning to mark the 38th birthday of Sachin Tendulkar in style.
There were also wins for the Delhi Daredevils, the Rajasthan Royals and the Royal Challengers Bangalore, for whom Chris Gayle smashed a brilliant century.
The Rajasthan Royals finally broke their long run of losses with a compelling eight-wicket IPL 2011 win over Kochi Tuskers Kerala at Jaipur.
It was their first win in five games and raised them to second in the table but they have played more matches than any other team. Kochi meanwhile have now won three and lost three out of their six games.