The Sydney Sixers beat Mumbai Indians by 12 runs on Monday to extend their winning start in the Champions League Twenty20.
The Sixers elected to bat first and got off to a steady start in Durban, with Michael Lumb (28) and Peter Nevill (five) putting on a 33-run opening stand.
Lasith Malinga (2-36) earned Mumbai the initial breakthrough, sending Lumb back in the fifth over.
Munaf Patel (2-17) struck twice in the sixth over to dismiss Nevill and skipper Brad Haddin (0) to leave the Sixers 3-40.
But Steven Smith's 41-run knock, together with 20 from Nathan McCullum, helped the Sixers post a serviceable total of 7-136.
Nic Maddinson also weighed in with a handy 27 batting at number three.
In reply, the big-name Mumbai line-up failed to get runs on the board, Dwayne Smith top-scoring with just 26.
Sachin Tendulkar (22), Rohit Sharma (16) and Dinesh Karthik (18) all failed to capitalize on starts as Moises Henriques (2-29), Mitchell Starc (2-32) and Pat Cummins (2-16) claimed wickets at regular intervals and kept Mumbai at bay through their innings.
Requiring 33 off the final over, skipper Harbhajan Singh (22) smashed Starc for three fours and a six, but the defending champions could only reach 8-124 before running out of overs.
Also on Monday, the Chennai Super Kings beat Yorkshire by four wickets in a match between two teams already eliminated from the competition.
Yorkshire were sent in to bat by Chennai captain Suresh Raina and posted 6-140 from their 20 overs, thanks largely to Gary Ballance's return of 58.
Skipper Andrew Gale made 23 opening the batting, and David Miller contributed 28.
Australian pair Doug Bollinger (2-16) and Ben Hilfenhaus (1-32), together with South African Albie Morkel (2-12), were the men to claim the wickets for the Super Kings.
Chennai completed the run chase with six balls remaining, Subramaniam Badrinath (47), MS Dhoni and Raina (both 31) leading the way with the bat.
Iain Wardlaw (2-23), Steven Patterson (2-22) and Oliver Hannon-Dalby (2-23) had two scalps apiece in the field for Yorkshire, but it was not enough to prevent the English county side slumping to their third loss from four matches.
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First Posted 23 October, 2012 7:37AM AEST