Chennai Super Kings joined leaders Kings XI Punjab when they beat Sunrises Hyderabad by five wickets in an Indian Premier League match at Sharjah Cricket Stadium yesterday.
Chennai however made heavy weather of an easy chase of 146 after Dwayne Smith and Brandon McCullum gave them a flying start, scoring 85 runs in just 10.5 overs. They toiled to score in the last five overs and eventually got over the line with three balls to spare.
It was Chennai's fourth win from five games while Punjab have won all their four games.
Earlier, defending champions Mumbai Indians slumped to their fourth consecutive defeat as Delhi Daredevils dished out a clinical all-round display to record an easy six-wicket win.
Delhi chased down a modest target of 126 with seven balls to spare with opener Murali Vijay top-scoring with a 34-ball 40 and captain Kevin Pietersen striking form after an injury lay-off with an unbeaten 26 to notch up their second win.
Delhi, playing their last match this season at the UAE, wobbled towards the end with JP Duminy (19) and Dinesh Karthik (2) falling in the 16th over at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Chasing a small target, Delhi made a decent start with the opening stand between Vijay and Quinton de Kock (16) yielding 34 runs.
Pietersen, who looked tentative and rusty during his knock of 16 in his first match two days back, steadied Delhi after the quick fall of Duminy and Karthik before steering his side home.
Delhi will now head home to play their next match at Ferozeshah Kotla on May 3.
Earlier, Delhi bowlers produced a clinical display to restrict Mumbai to a modest 125 for six.
SCORES IN BRIEF
MI: 125 for 6 in 20 overs (Pollard 33 not out, Gautam 22, Rayudu 14; Unadkat 2-29)
DD: 126 for 4 in 18.5 overs (Vijay 40, Pietersen 26 not out, Duminy 19; Malinga 2-17)
Result: Delhi Daredevils won six wickets.
Player-of-the-match: Murali Vijay.
SUNRISES HYDERABAD: 145-5 (Finch 44, Rahul 25, Sammy 23 not out; Hilfenhaus 2-32, M Sharma 2-27)
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS: 146-5 (Dwayne Smith 66, McCullum 40; B Kumar 2-23, I Sharman 2-37)
Result: Chennai won by 5 wickets.
Player-of the-match: Dwayne Smith