Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni has been fined Rs 12 Lakh for maintaining a slow over-rate in their opening IPL 2021 match against the Delhi Capitals (DC).
The Capitals got the better of CSK by 7 wickets in what was a relatively one-sided encounter.
As this was MS Dhoni’s first offense this season, he was handed a fine of Rs 12 lakh. According to the IPL 2021 Code of Conduct, the minimum over-rate is 14.1 over/ hour.
A second such offense will cost Dhoni Rs 24 lakh. A third offense would bring a fine of Rs 30 lakh along with a one-game ban.
“As it was his team’s first offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Mr Dhoni was fined Rs 12 lakh,” a statement from the IPL read.
CSK, in fact, only bowled 18.4 overs as the Delhi Capitals chased the target of 189 with ease, thanks to Shikhar Dhawan (85) & Prithvi Shaw’s (72) blistering opening partnership.
MS Dhoni also failed to get going with the bat as the Chennai skipper was bowled for a second-ball duck off Avesh Khan’s bowling.
“We could have done better (with our bowling). The batters were hitting over the top; there were some boundary deliveries, where the execution wasn’t nice. The bowlers will learn in the coming days,” MS Dhoni said in the post-match presentation.
“The opposition have half an hour in a 7:30 start when the pitch is really tacky, and the ball stops a bit, so we need to get 15-20 runs extra to be safe. If we get dew consistently, then 200 will be a must on a pitch like this,” Dhoni added.
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