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The Chennai Super Kings reaffirmed their position as the favourites for the title in IPL Season 8 by claiming top spot in the league standings by crushing the Kings XI Punjab in Mohali this afternoon.

The Kings XI won the toss and chose to bat first, but their nightmare summer continued with the bat as they were quickly reduced to 55-5 at the half-way stage in the game. The wickets were as always shared around by the Super Kings bowlers, but Ravichandran Ashwin was once again in spectacular form, taking 1-14 from his 4 overs, while rookie Pawan Negi took 2-25.

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The Kings XI Punjab might be out of the reckoning as far as a place in the knockout stages of the Indian Premier League goes, but they can still play spoiler before the season ends, and they did just that on Wednesday night at Mohali, stunning the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 22 runs in a rain-effected contest.

The match was reduced to a 10-over a side game before the contest got underway, with the ground staff doing an admirable job of getting the surface dry enough to ensure some cricket could be played. The  Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and predictably opted to chase.

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The Sunrisers Hyderabad continue to be in contention for a place in this season's eliminator game, moving back into fourth place today with a narrow 5 run win over the Kings XI Punjab in Hyderabad.

The Sunrisers won the toss and elected to bat first. Skipper David Warner gave his side the perfect start, smashing his way to 81 from just 52 balls as they amassed an excellent 185-5 from their 20 overs. Shikhar Dhawan chipped in with 24 from 18 balls at the top of the order before he was stumped off the bowling of Glenn Maxwell, while Moises Henriques coming in at no.3 made a handy 28 from 24 balls.

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The reigning Indian Premier League champions Kolkata Knight Riders took a massive step towards successfully defending their title by beating the league's basement dwellers Kings XI Punjab in a fantastic contest by just the solitary wicket with a ball to spare. The result sees KKR climb to the top of the IPL standings with 15 points from 12 games, a point ahead of both Chennai and Rajasthan with the Super Kings having played a game less.

The Kings XI Punjab won the toss and decided to bat first under the hot Kolkata sun. Glenn Maxwell finally came to the party this summer top scoring for KXIP with 43 from 22 balls as his team posted a very competitive score of 183-5 from their 20 overs.

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The Royal Challengers Bangalore handed a crushing defeat to the Kings XI Punjab to boost their chances of advancing to the knock-out stages of the Indian Premier League, thumping the Kings XI by 138 runs in what was quite possibly the most one-sided contest in IPL history.

The Kings XI Punjab won the toss and made the decision to put the Royal Challengers in. That proved to be a costly error in judgement as a Gayle-storm swept the M Chinnaswamy Stadium with the mercurial West Indian dasher smashing 12 sixes and 7 fours en route to a fantastic innings of 117 from just 57 balls. Gayle was the beneficiary of a couple of dropped chances, and made the most of the opportunity.

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The Mumbai Indians remained in contention for a place in the Eliminator Game of the Indian Premier League, picking up a comfortable 23 run win over a beleaguered Kings XI Punjab side who succumbed to their 7th defeat of the season, thus realistically ending any hopes they had of making the knock-out rounds.

Batting first on winning the toss, the Mumbai Indians posted a competitive total of 172-3 on the board with openers Lendl Simmons (71) and Parthiv Patel (59) making half-centuries and sharing in an opening stand worth 111. Patel, who was the more aggressive of the opening duo on this occasion, fell in the 13th over and the batsmen that followed failed to make the most of the platform that the openers had laid for their side.

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A return to the Feroz Shah Kotla proved productive for the Delhi Daredevils, who crushed the Kings XI Punjab by 9 wickets with more than 6 overs to spare to leave Preity Zinta's side firmly rooted to the bottom of the Indian Premier League points table.

The Daredevils won a good toss on home turf and wasted little time in reducing the Kings XI to an appalling 10-4 inside the fourth over with the returning Zaheer Khan doing some early damage, removing both of Punjab's openers Virender Sehwag and Manan Vohra for a run each.

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