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MI captain Rohit Sharma fined for a slow over-rate against DC

By Bet Barter

April 21, 2021

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma was fined ₹12 lakhs after his side maintained a slow over-rate against DC. Mumbai Indians played their fourth match of the season against Delhi Capitals at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, on April 20 (Tuesday). It was MI’s first offence of the edition, and thus Rohit Sharma was let go with just a fine. If this continues for a couple of more games, then he can get suspended for a match or two. As per new stringent IPL rules, each IPL team has to finish an inning in 90 minutes. This also includes two strategic time-outs of two and a half minutes each. As per the protocol, the over rate has to be 14.1 overs per hour.

However, the fine for the offence remains unchanged. Thus, a second offence will see MI skipper Rohit Sharma receiving a 24 lakh fine, while the remaining team members will be fined INR 6 lakh or 25% match fee fine (whichever is lesser) each. A third offence will result in an INR 30 lakh fine, a one-match ban for the skipper and an INR 12 lakh or 50% match fee fine (whichever is lesser) for each player of the team, excluding the captain. 

Mumbai Indians lost to Delhi Capitals by six wickets

The IPL organisers took note of games slipping beyond the scheduled finish time in the last few seasons. Thus, this season they made sure that they came up with strict regulations when it came to over-rates. As per the IPL 2021 Code of Conduct, the minimum over-rate in the 14th IPL edition should be 14.1 overs per hour, apart from the time taken for strategic time-outs. In uninterrupted games, the BCCI wants all IPL teams to finish bowling their quota of 20 overs within the allotted time.

Mumbai Indians lost to Delhi Capitals by six wickets. Shikhar Dhawan top-scored with 45 runs off 42 deliveries. In pursuit of a 138-run target, Delhi Capitals lost Prithvi Shaw to Jayant Yadav way too early. However, opening batsman Dhawan stood firm at one end. He stitched a couple of essential partnerships with Steve Smith (53-run stand for 2nd wicket) and Lalit Yadav (36-run stand for 3rd wicket) before getting dismissed to Rahul Chahar. Lalit Yadav (22) and Shimron Hetmyer (14) held their nerves to help DC win the match in 19.1 overs. Earlier, MI leg spinner Amit Mishra grabbed a four-wicket haul and restricted defending Mumbai Indians to 137 for nine after opting to bat first.

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