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Mumbai enter T20 final as Smith, Harbhajan shine

Mumbai Indians huffed and puffed their way to a four-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in a thrilling match here tonight to set up a summit showdown with Chennai Super Kings in the T20 League.

The job is tough against KKR: Hyderabad coach Moody

Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody says that beating Kolkata Knight Riders would not be a cakewalk when they clash with them to snatch the last-available play-offs berth on Sunday.

I have made some adjustments for Twenty 20: Cheteshwar Pujara

Considered a Test batsman of impeccable technique, Cheteshwar Pujara says he has made some adjustments in his game to adapt to the fast-paced Twenty 20 format in the ongoing T20 league where he shares the dressing room with destructive batsmen like Chris Gayle.

Yuvraj misses practice but Donald insists he will play

Excluded from the Champions Trophy squad, Yuvraj Singh was absent from training for Pune Warriors' clash against Rajasthan Royals on Sunday. But coach Allan Donald cleared all doubts over whether the south paw will play.

Delhi faces tough competition in match against Sunrisers

Two teams which have only recently recovered from poor form will square off when Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad clash in Hyderabad on Saturday in a Twenty 20 match with both sides aiming to continue the winning run and stay alive in the event.

Extra 20 runs cost us the game, says Rahul Sharma

Concerned with the team's bowling in the death overs, Pune Warriors spinner Rahul Sharma said that his side gave away 20 runs extra in their game against Chennai Super Kings, which they lost by 37 runs to slump to their eighth defeat in the ongoing T20 League matches.

Need to get our act together quickly, says Narine

While he relished the big wicket of Sachin Tendulkar on the senior batsman's 40th birthday, Kolkata Knight Riders mystery spinner Sunil Narine admits that the defending champions will have to get their act together quickly to keep alive their hopes in the ongoing T20 League matches.

KKR are tough to beat at home: Lehmann

Form might be favouring the Kings XI Punjab with two wins on the trot but coach Darren Lehmann today said Kolkata Knight Riders would be tough to beat tomorrow since they were playing at home and the last few games they have lost were pretty close.

Dhoni spoils Dhawan’s almost perfect comeback

It's very difficult to be the villain of a T20 match after returning figures of 3-26 in four overs, but Amit Mishra had to face that ignominy after he dropped a MS Dhoni mishit off Dale Steyn before the India skipper had even opened his account, Rohit Bhaskar reports.

As second phase nears, batsmen will have more say

We are nearly at the beginning of the second part of the league phase of the T20 League and it is becoming increasingly noticeable that the batsmen are finding their groove and coming into their own. Javagal Srinath writes.

Focus on Gilchrist in a week for big daddies

Sport, you would think, is no country for old men. But the way this week's panned out could make you pause and ponder. It is not known whether Adam Gilchrist is a sucker for details but if he is, he could draw some succour from it. It's been that kind of a week. Dhiman Sarkar reports. Face off

Sentiment may be high but nothing local about it

On Thursday, Delhi wicketkeeper Puneet Bisht scored a match-winning 49, off 10 balls, in a local tournament final. Last year, he hardly played these games as he was warming the bench of Delhi Daredevils, where he was promised a lot of money. Khurram Habib reports. Dwindling numbers

T20 record century is for Caribbean fans: Chris Gayle

Bit-hitting West Indies opener Chris Gayle has dedicated his world-record feat of scoring the fastest-ever century in competitive cricket to fans in the Caribbean.

T20: Kallis leads KKR’s return to winning ways

Kolkata Knight Riders didn't even let Jacques Kallis catch his breath after a breathtaking spell of bowling. He had dropped down to No.4 in the batting order but by the ninth ball of the innings, was out in the middle with Azhar Mehmood on a hattrick, Dhiman Sarkar reports.

MI's big question: Who will counter RCB's ace bomber?

The main focus at Friday's practice session at the Wankhede Stadium was on the body language of the Mumbai Indians bowlers. Everyone was looking at hints of vulnerability. If they were nervous, there were no obvious signs. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Face off
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standings

Team MP MW ML MT NR NRR Pts
CSK 16 11 5 0 0 +0.530 22
MI 16 11 5 0 0 +0.441 22
RR 16 10 6 0 0 +0.322 20
SRH 16 10 6 0 0 +0.003 20
RCB 16 9 7 0 0 +0.457 18
K XI P 16 8 8 0 0 +0.226 16
KKR 16 6 10 0 0 -0.095 12
PW 16 4 12 0 0 -1.006 8
DD 16 3 13 0 0 -0.848 6
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