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.
In what can only be described as an M-phatic win M-powered by Kings XI Punjab’s two Ms – Maxwell and Miller – yet another gigantic target was scaled with precision. After the Rajasthan Royals posted 191 for five, KXIP got over the line with seven wickets in hand and eight balls to spare, thanks to a barrage of fours and sixes inflicted initially by Glenn Maxwell and then by David Miller – who is arguably one of the best finishers in the IPL.
George Bailey chose to field first earlier in the evening, after winning the toss. Taking strike on a batsman-friendly Sharjah track, the RR openers – Ajinkya Rahane and Abhishek Nayar – came out all guns blazing. Just when it seemed as though the pair was set to dominate the KXIP bowlers, Rahane (13) had to return to the dugout following an unfortunate run-out. However, with Sanju Samson for company, Nayar continued the onslaught, and the duo helped their team to 54 for one at the end of the six-over powerplay.
But soon thereafter, Nayar (23) got out off the bowling of Murali Kartik, who trapped him leg-before. The RR skipper, Shane Watson, then came to the middle at a point when his team needed him to capitalise on a quick start. The big Australian did just that. Punishing spinners and pacers alike, Watson powered the Royals innings with regular boundaries – including five fours and three sixes. Even Samson joined his captain in the blitzkrieg.
Watson (50) then brought up his half-century in grand style, but was dismissed soon after; he was clean bowled off the bowling of Akshar Patel, who gave KXIP a much-needed breather at a point when the scorecard read 128 for three in 13.1 overs. Suart Binny (12) then departed a couple of overs later. However, Samson’s (50) big-hitting kept the run-rate over the nine-an-over mark. The young batsman, who struck four sixes, even brought up his 50 with a big hit down the ground. But he perished soon after when Parvinder Awana knocked over his stumps.
At that stage, RR were on 159 for five in 16.5 overs, with the big-hitting James Faulkner (8) joining his fellow countryman, Steve Smith (27*), in the middle. The duo ensured RR posted a massive total, thanks to their unbroken 32-run stand. The Royals ended their 20-over quota at 191 for five. Meanwhile, for KXIP, Patel was the pick of the bowlers as he was the only one to concede less than six-an-over while picking up Watson’s wicket.
Faced with yet another mountainous target, KXIP needed a big start up front. However, that was not to be as Virender Sehwag (2) got out in the second over of the innings off Dhawal Kulkarni. Wriddhiman Saha (2), the next man in, also did not last long and fell prey to Faulkner.
For the second match in a row, KXIP needed Glenn Maxwell to do what he does best – torment opposition bowlers. And much to their delight, the Australian batsman came to the party yet again. With Cheteshwar Pujara sedately holding one end, Maxwell went after the RR bowlers.
There wasn’t a dull moment while he was at the crease. From perfectly executed pull shots and drives to powerful reverse-sweeps, Maxwell played an array of strokes that were as pleasing to watch as they were effective.
In a 116-run partnership with Pujara (40*), Maxwell accounted for an astounding 89 runs, out of which 68 came off hits to and over the fence (eight fours and six maximums). The RR bowlers had no answer or strategy to counter this one-of-a-kind attack. Unfortunately for Maxwell (89), his 45-ball knock came to an end in the 14th over, when he fell to Kane Richardson while going for another big one. But in the process, he did climb atop the Pepsi IPL 2014 run-scorers list, thereby staking his claim on the coveted Orange Cap.
KXIP were still 66 runs adrift of another famous run-chase with 37 balls to go. Much to their relief, they had yet another chase specialist – David Miller – taking strike up next. The South African batsman, who has pulled off some of the most improbable chases for KXIP in the past, picked up where Maxwell had left off. Striking six after six – including four consecutive big hits off Kulkarni in the 18th over – he decisively tilted the game in KXIP’s favour. Miller, rightfully, struck the winning blow, which was a six – his sixth of the innings – and scripted yet another top-notch finish for his team.
Thanks to the heroics of the two Ms KXIP got home with seven wickets in hand and eight balls to spare. In the process Miller (51*), who faced 19 balls, also scored the second-fastest fifty in IPL history.
Man of the Match: Glenn Maxwell for his game-changing innings of 89 off 45 balls
JP Duminy snatched victory from the jaws of defeat as the Delhi Daredevils prevailed against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Thanks to the middle-order batsman’s late heroics, DD overcame KKR’s 166-run total with four wickets in hand and three balls to spare. Just when it seemed like the Knight Riders had complete control of the match, Duminy struck a flurry of boundaries, including the match-winning six, to craft a famous win.
Earlier, Gautam Gambhir won the toss and opted to take first strike. However, the decision seemed to have backfired as KKR lost two early wickets. While Jacques Kallis got out to Mohammed Shami off the first legal delivery of the match, skipper Gambhir (0) departed in the second over off the bowling of Nathan Coulter-Nile. Thereafter, Manish Pandey – who had a great first game against the Mumbai Indians – along with Robin Uthappa, seized the momentum from DD. While Uthappa played the supporting role, Pandey (48) ensured KKR’s run-rate stayed in the vicinity of seven-an-over.
However, with the score on 75 in the 11th over, Pandey departed when Shahbaz Nadeem got past his defense and bowled him out. Pandey – who at the moment is the Orange Cap holder – missed out on a second consecutive half-century. Uthappa (55), meanwhile, kept on chipping away at the DD bowlers and crafted a 57-run partnership with Shakib Al Hasan (30*). The duo, with their big shots and constant scoring, laid the foundation for a big total, until Uthappa got out in the 17th over.
Yusuf Pathan (11), who came in next, hung around long enough to play a supporting role to Shakib in the death overs. And at the fall of Pathan’s wicket in the 20th over, Suryakumar Yadav (8*) took strike and struck two late boundaries to take the KKR score 166 for five.
Although Coulter-Nile gave away plenty of runs in the last over of the innings, he was the pick of the Daredevils bowlers and ended up with two big scalps – Gambhir and Pathan. Shami and Jaydev Unadkat, meanwhile, picked up a wicket each.
In their pursuit of 167, DD lost Murali Vijay (0) to a run-out in the first over itself. His opening partner, Mayank Agarwal (26), then added 29 runs for the second wicket along with Dinesh Karthik. Just as Agarwal was gathering momentum, Morne Morkel got rid of him, leaving DD on 39 for two. Karthik was then joined by Ross Taylor (6) in the middle, but the Kiwi batter was unable to carry forward his form from the previous game as Kallis cleaned him up with a delivery that jagged back in to him.
With DD still 107 runs adrift of the target, JP Duminy came to the crease. Along with Karthik, the South African batsman kept DD in the hunt. The fourth-wicket pair added 58 runs in a little over seven overs. Karthik (56) even brought up his half-century during that period. However, DD’s stand-in skipper was trapped leg-before by the wily Sunil Narine, who Gambhir had saved for the last 10-over stretch.
The Daredevils needed 44 runs off the final five overs with Duminy and Manoj Tiwary (5) in the middle. But the latter did not last long and got out cutting a short delivery by Morkel straight into the hands of Narine at deep point. While one would have written the Daredevils off at that point, Duminy had other ideas. Having got his eye in, he unleashed himself in the 18th over – bowled by Morkel – and plundered 21 runs off it to bring the run-chase equation down to 11 off 12 balls. And just when DD looked like they would coast home, Sunil Narine bowled a miserly 19th over, conceding just five runs off it.
Then with run-a-ball required in the last over, Gambhir made a surprise move by bringing Piyush Chawla into the attack. The leggie bowled a dot ball first up, and then, claimed Neesham (8) off the next delivery. The pressure was now squarely on Duminy’s (52*) shoulders, but he did not lose his cool and smacked the next ball – a quicker one – over the fence to hand the Daredevils their first win of the season.
Man of the Match: JP Duminy for his match-winning innings of 52* (3x4; 3x6)