Delhi Daredevils suffered their seventh consecutive loss this IPL season as they went down to table-toppers Kings XI Punjab by four wickets in their last game at Feroze Shah Kotla here yesterday.
Chasing 165 for victory, Punjab rode on a breezy 67-run opening stand between Virender Sehwag (23) and Manan Vohra (42 off 19 balls) to overhaul the target in 19.4 overs.
Vohra dazzled with four fours and three sixes to entertain the packed house at the Kotla as the Punjab opening duo scored 66 runs in the powerplays.
In the day's first match at Ahmedabad, Mumbai Indians beat Rajasthan Royals by 25 runs to move up to sixth place on the table.
A fine batting display enabled Mumbai to post 178 for three before they resisted a late Rajasthan charge to take their fourth win of the season.
Kieron Pollard took an outstanding catch to dismiss Kevon Cooper as Mumbai restricted the Royals to 153 for eight in reply.
Krishmar Santokie, Pragyan Ojha, Harbhajan Singh and Shreyas Gopal all grabbed a brace of wickets to keep Mumbai's wafer-slim hopes of reaching the play-offs alive.
SCORES IN BRIEF
DD: 164 for 7 in 20 overs (Karthik 69, Pietersen 49, Duminy 17; Sandeep 3-35, Hendricks 3-36)
KXIP: 165 for 6 in 19.4 overs (Vohra 42, Akshar 42 not out, Sehwag 23; Tahir 3-22, Duminy 2-27)
Result: Kings XI Punjab won by 4 wickets.
Player-of-the-match: Akshar Patel.
MI: 178 for 3 in 20 overs (M Hussey 56, Simmons 62, R Sharma 40; A Sharma 2-23)
RR: 153 for 8 in 20 overs (Nair 48, Hodge 40, Faulkner 31 not out; Harbhajan 2-13, Ojha 2-30)
Result: Mumbai Indians won by 25 runs.
Player-of-the-match: Mike Hussey.