Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Eoin Morgan has been fined after his team maintained a slow over rate during their IPL match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.
As it was his team’s first offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over rate offences, Morgan was fined Rs 12 lakh.
Apart from Morgan, captains of two other teams have been fined so far for maintaining a slow over rate. It includes Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma and CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
KKR lost the match
CSK registered their third successive win after overcoming a spirited KKR unit on Wednesday. Faf du Plessis scored an unbeaten 95 while Deepak Chahar picked 4/29 as CSK held their nerves against KKR in a run-fest.
Chasing a mammoth target of 221, KKR didn’t get the desired start. They lost Shubman Gill in the first over after the right-hander produced a thick edge that travelled straight to the third-man, giving Chahar his first wicket of the match.
Nitish Rana creamed two boundaries before he made his way back to the pavilion. The left-hander hit the ball in the air and the CSK skipper MS Dhoni safely collected the ball as Chahar picked his second wicket.
The right-arm pacer was back to bowl the fifth over and struck twice to get the big wicket of KKR skipper Eoin Morgan and then of Sunil Narine. While Morgan edged one to Dhoni, Narine was dismissed to a sensational catch from Ravindra Jadeja in the circle.
Superb partnership between Russell and Karthik
With 31/4 after 5 overs and Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik at the crease, KKR batsmen had no options but back their natural abilities in order to get close to the steep target. Russell started the exploits in the sixth over after the right-hander smashed two fours and a six off Ngidi and gave a hint of what’s coming next in the upcoming overs.
Karthik also didn’t hold back and smashed Chahar for a massive six in the eighth over followed by a four off Jadeja. Russell then hammered 24 runs off the ninth over bowled by Shardul Thakur where the West-Indies all-rounder tonked three sixes and a four as KKR moved to 97/5 after the end of 10 overs.
The Karthik-Russell duo then added 14 off the Jadeja over and with Russell taking advantage of the free-hit with a gigantic six and notching up his half century in style, off just 21 deliveries. Sam Curran returned into the attack in the 12th over and put an anticlimactic end to the Russell show after the right-hander was bowled around his legs. Karthik though carried on the hustle and hit a four and a six in the same over.
Pat Cummins, who had replaced Russell in the middle, was on the move and was dealing in boundaries from the other end but Karthik got dismissed after he completely misjudged the slower delivery from Ngidi and was out LBW.
However, Cummins had his plans in place and scored 30 runs off the 16th over by Curran that included four sixes and a four in the cleanest form of striking the ball.
Ngidi, who bowled the 17th over of the innings scalped the wicket of Kamlesh Nagarkoti before Cummins reached his half-century in 23 balls. With 28 required off the final two, Cummins started the over with a maximum but lost yet another partner in an attempt to take a double as KKR lost their ninth wicket.
KKR required 20 off the final over. CSK, on the very first delivery completed a run-out on the non-striker’s end and managed to defend the total in the end.
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