Aijaz Rahi/Associated Press
Chennai Super Kings (160/6) bt. Mumbai Indians (157/6) by four wickets
MS Dhoni worked his magic late, scoring 10 runs off the final two balls he faced to give Chennai a close win over Indians, who had won their last 10 matches played at home.
The win sees Chennai tie Kings XI Punjab at the top of the IPL standings, while Indians still need two points to make their way into the top four and play-off contention.
Indians lost the toss and were forced to bat first, as Dhoni thought the dew would help his batsmen later in the match, but Mumbai's start was a blistering one. Lendl Simmons and Ambati Rayudu would combine for 97 runs, setting a high pace early. Their fellow batsmen would falter however, as Ravichandran Ashwin and company put together a fine bowling performance.
Ashwin took three wickets in total, holding Mumbai to a score of 157/6, a very good one given the team's early onslaught.
Chasing 157, Dwayne Smith opened with a sensational 57 off 51, much to the pleasure of Dhoni who hailed his opener's patience when speaking to ESPN Cricinfo.
Smith himself added:
I'm just trying to stay as consistent as I can. I thought they bowled very well up front, especially Harbhajan, just had to stay out there and get as much as I could.
Chennai's dominance wouldn't last however, as Mumbai's bowlers seemed to grow into the match. Faf du Plessis would manage a solid if unspectacular 31 off 24, but the rest of Chennai's batsmen were held to single-digit runs.
In the end, Dhoni would start the final over with 11 needed, and with everything hanging in the balance, the experienced skipper stepped up. Following three runs of the first two balls, Dhoni would add a six and a four to blast his team to a win and into the IPL lead.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (44/2) bt. Delhi Daredevils (143/7) by eight wickets (via D/L method)
Bottom-feeders Delhi continued their free-fall in the standings with a loss to Hyderabad in a match that saw multiple stoppages in play due to heavy rains. The win takes Sunrisers into the top four, keeping them firmly in the race for the final play-off spot.
Batting first, Delhi looked thoroughly underwhelming against a very strong group of bowlers, with Kevin Pietersen (35 off 19) and Dinesh Karthik (19 off 30) being the only two standout performers. Dale Steyn's two wickets and 20 runs in four overs led a strong bowling display for Sunrisers, and the South African deservedly took home the MotM award.
Delhi's batting took a beating late in their innings with Jean-Paul Duminy being dismissed after just five balls and the last three batsmen combining for just 11 total runs, leading to the low target of 143.
That target needed to be reset several teams following multiple stoppages, as the rain really took its toll on the match. With the players struggling for a rhythm, the final chase of 43/2 via Duckworth-Lewis proved harder than expected due to early dismissals of Aaron Finch and Shikhar Dhawan, combining for just eight runs.
David Warner and Naman Ojha would step up however, with the latter needing just three balls to score 13 runs, including two sixes that won his team the match.
Kings XI Punjab will play Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday, while Rajasthan Royals will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore. Royals are desperate for a big win, trailing the top two by a wide margin in net run rate with Mumbai and Hyderabad slowly but surely gaining ground.
Indians pushed Chennai to the brink on Saturday, indicating the defending champions are very much alive in the race for the playoffs while Hyderabad scored an altogether comfortable win over Delhi. Royals' group of batsmen has looked rather light for a play-off team this season, and if they don't find some early production against Challengers, an upset could be in the making.
League-leaders Punjab will face a stiff test against Kolkata, who started the tournament on fire before suffering four straight defeats. A big win over Delhi was exactly what the doctor ordered, and as Knight Riders seek to push their way back into top-four contention, a big statement win against Punjab could give the team the confidence they need heading into the play-offs.
But XI Kings have looked unstoppable at times during the tournament, and the combination of Glenn Maxwell and David Miller is one that gives bowlers all over the IPL nightmares. If those two get going early, there's no reason to think Punjab won't take this one.