A breakdown of the questions you voted on will appear here.
Pulse connects you to the
Get closer to the this season by using Pulse while you watch the LIVE matches. Pulse asks you a range of questions relevant to the LIVE action as it unfolds. Your votes will be featured in the telecast in real-time and debated by the commentators, players and stars. If you've got a great question of your own, we'd love to hear it.
Skipper Sangakkara will be absent due to national commitments
By IPL Desk
Mumbai 23 March 2012
The nine teams participating in DLF IPL 2012 have announced their captains who will represent them on the IPL Opening Nite on April 3 in Chennai. All teams except the Deccan Chargers will be represented by the captains they have named in their registered squads for the season.
The Chargers have nominated Cameron White to do the honours in the absence of their regular skipper, Kumar Sangakkara, who will be playing a home Test series against England at the time. The Sri Lankan will join the team after fulfilling his national commitments.
Following are the names of the captains who will be present at the IPL Opening Nite to kick-start IPL 2012 and pledge their allegiance to the MCC Spirit of Cricket:
KKR all-rounder’s heroics go in vain as Pak win final
By IPL Desk
Mumbai 23 March 2012
Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was adjudicated Player-of-the-Series even as Bangladesh lost the Asia Cup final to Pakistan. After being put in to bat, Pakistan scored a below-par 236, but their bowlers, led by Aizaz Cheema (three for 46) and Shahid Afridi (one for 28), managed to restrict Bangladesh to 234 at the end of 50 overs.
KKR’s Hasan finished the series with 237 runs from four innings (avg. of 59.25) and picked up six scalps from 40 overs of bowling while conceding 199 runs (economy-rate 4.97). He also finished as the fourth highest run-getter, and was also among the 10 leading wicket-takers, in the Asia Cup.
Shakib was the driving force in taking Bangladesh into the final of the tournament. Shakib smashed a 31-ball 49 against India in the hosts’ second league encounter, which helped his side overhaul India’s mammoth score of 289. Then, in their final league outing against Sri Lanka, Shakib’s all-round performance of 10-1-56-2, and 46-ball 56, secured a five-wicket win for Bangladesh. Shakib was given the Man-of-the-Match award in both those games.
Even in the final against Pakistan, Shakib picked up the wickets of Hammad Azam (30) and Shahid Afridi (32) in an incisive performance that read 10-1-39-2. Then, when Bangladesh stumbled to 81 for three while chasing Pakistan’s score of 236, his 89-run stand with Nasir Hossain almost set the hosts up for a win. However, with Aizaz Cheema removing Shakib (68 off 72) in the 44th over, Bangladesh’s chances of winning their first-ever Asia Cup title faded. Lower-order batsmen Mahmudullah (17* off 16) and Mashrafe Mortaza (18 off 14) hit a few boundaries to give the local fans much hope, but the Pakistan bowlers held their nerve to deliver a two-run win, and the Asia Cup, for their side.
Brief scores: Pakistan 236/9 in 50.0 overs (Sarfraz Ahmed 46*, Shakib Al Hasan 2/39) beat Bangladesh 234/8 in 50.0 overs (Shakib Al Hasan 68, Aizaz Cheema 3/46) by two runs
Man-of-the-match: Shahid Afridi for his all-round performance; 32-ball 32 (4x4, 1x6) and 10-1-28-1.