Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during an Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Chennai Super Kings. According to a statement released by the IPL, Rahane has been fined an amount Rs 12 lakhs for the offense, which was Rajasthan’s first of the season under the tournament’s Code of Conduct.
Rajasthan lost their third match by eight runs against Chennai, who registered their third consecutive victory in this season on Sunday. The Rahane-led side will host Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 2 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
Earlier, it was the Mumbai Indians (MI) captain Rohit Sharma was fined after his team maintained a slow over-rate in their match against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Mohali.
As even in that case, it was his team’s first offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Rohit was also fined Rs 12 lakh.
In the match, KL Rahul’s laborious unbeaten 71, along with some notable top-order contributions, guided KXIP to a comfortable 8-wicket victory over MI.
Despite putting a fighting total of 176/7, Mumbai bowlers failed to contain the Punjab batsmen as apart from Rahul, Chris Gayle (40 off 24) and Mayank Agarwal (43 off 21) also contributed with the bat to help their side register it’s second win in the tournament.
Chasing the target, openers Rahul and Gayle provided a solid start to Punjab as the hosts raced to the 50-run mark in 6.5 overs. However, Krunal Pandya drew first blood for Mumbai, dismissing a dangerous looking Gayle in the eighth over.
Agarwal and Rahul were then involved in a crucial 64-run second wicket partnership, which set the platform for victory.
(With Agency Inputs)