Umpires impose penalty on the team captain if his team cannot bowl the total number of overs within the stipulated amount of time. And the team members will also be fined only under certain circumstances, based on extent of the offense. Penalties can be in any form such as fine and match bans.
Let us look at two of the instances where the team captains were fined in the recently concluded eleventh edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).
Virat Kohli vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Chinnaswamy:
The captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Virat Kohli, was fined with an amount of INR 12 Lakh as his team maintained slow over-rate against the Chennai Super Kings at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. RCB fell short to bowl all their overs within the allotted time interval in the 24th match of the eleventh edition of IPL.
“As it was his [Virat Kohli] team’s first offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Kohli was fined INR 12 lakh,” an IPL press release said after the match.
Batting first, the Royal Challengers Bangalore managed a mammoth 205/8 in their 20 overs with the help of half-centuries from AB de Villiers (68) and Quinton de Kock (53). However, Ambati Rayudu (82) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (70*) helped CSK win the game by 5 wickets with 2 balls to spare.
Ajinkya Rahane vs Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Wankhede:
The captain of Rajasthan Royals, Ajinkya Rahane, was fined with an amount of INR 12 Lakh as his team maintained slow over-rate against Mumbai Indians. This had happened in the 47th match of IPL 2018 when Rajasthan Royals toured to play Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede stadium on May 13 (Sunday).
“As it was his [Rahane] team’s first offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Ajinkya Rahane was fined INR 12 lakh,” an IPL press release said after the match.
Though Rahane was fined with a huge amount in this game, he might have felt happy that his team defeated Mumbai Indians by a big margin of 7 wickets. The result of this match also dented Mumbai’s chances of making it to the play-offs. Jos Buttler with an unbeaten match-winning 53-ball 94* was adjudged as the ‘Player of the Match’.
On a lighter note, one has got to witness that many of the league matches has gone past the midnight hour. Considering this fact, BCCI had also taken the decision to start the play-off games early by an hour.
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