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The Sunrisers Hyderabad beat fellow strugglers Kings XI Punjab in a crucial game for both sides at Mohali on Monday night.

Having been put in to bat by the Kings XI, the Sunrisers Hyderabad crawled to 150-6, despite having been given yet another blistering start by skipper David Warner, who made a 41-ball 58. Shikhar Dhawan fell in just the second over of the match to the raw pace of Mitchell Johnson for 1, while Ravi Bopara too failed to trouble the scorers.

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The Chennai Super Kings produced the near perfect game, hammering the Kings XI Punjab by 97 runs at Chepauk on Saturday night.

The Super Kings won the toss and opted to make first use of a gorgeous batting track in Chennai. Brendon McCullum (66 from 44 balls) and Dwayne Smith (26 from 13 balls) shared a half-century stand for the first wicket in just 4.3 overs to put Chennai en route to a big score.

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In what was arguably the most enjoyable game in Season 8 of the Indian Premier League thus far, the Kings XI Punjab handed the Rajasthan Royals their first defeat of the campaign, needing a super over to upset the runaway IPL leaders.

The Kings XI Punjab won the toss and elected to send the Rajasthan Royals in to bat, a decision they were soon left to rue as the home-less Royals shared a 95-run stand for the opening wicket with Shane Watson (45) and Ajinkya Rahane (74) continuing from where they left off in the last game.

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Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders bounced back from being 60-5 in their run chase to beat the Kings XI Punjab in Pune thanks to a blistering innings of 66 from just 36 balls by Andre Russell.

The Kings XI Punjab were sent in to bat on losing the toss and struggled to 155-9 in their 20 overs with skipper George Bailey top scoring for his side with a crucial 60 from 45 balls after his team had slid to 27-3.

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The Delhi Daredevils finally brought an end to their brutal losing streak, stopping it at 11 games, after beating the Kings XI Punjab by 5 wickets with 1 ball to spare in an entertaining contest in Pune.

Punjab won the toss and decided to bat first. Their openers - Virender Sehwag and Murali Vijay - struggled against the raw pace of Nathan Coulter-Nile, but enjoyed immense freedom at the other end to express themselves. Coulter-Nile conceded 2 runs from the first 11 balls he bowled, but Vijay (19) and Sehwag (47) picked up enough runs off Dominic Muthuswami and Angelo Mathews to ensure that the scoreboard ticked over at a decent rate.

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An in-form Kings XI Punjab entertain an unfortunate Delhi Daredevils side that is hoping to avoid losing a 12th straight game in the IPL.

Delhi have been playing decent cricket this season, but have fallen agonizingly short in both their games thus far. Punjab on the other hand continue to look just as dangerous as they did last season, and that too without their two big Ms firing so far this campaign.

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The Kings XI Punjab dominated 34 overs of their contest with the Mumbai Indians, and looked set to win their match in a canter before a late burst from Harbhajan Singh saw the 'Turbanator' smash 6 sixes and 5 fours to score 64 runs from just 24 balls and record the fastest 50 ever in Mumbai Indians history.

Bhajji though fell on the penultimate ball of the match as Kings XI hung on nervously to record an 18 run victory against a Mumbai Indians side who just refused to know when they were beaten.

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