IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma fined Rs 12 Lakh for slow over-rate 

IPL 2021: DC vs MI: After losing to Delhi capitals, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma was fined Rs 12 Lakh for slow over-rate by IPL GC  

IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma fined Rs 12 Lakh for slow over-rate – It was a bad day at the office for both Mumbai Indians and their captain Rohit Sharma. First, Mumbai Indians (MI) lost to Delhi Capitals by six wickets and then, Rohit received a hefty Rs 12 lakh fine from IPL Governing Council for maintaining a slow over-rate at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday. He is the second captain to receive such a fine after MS Dhoni of Chennai Super Kings.

“Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has been fined after his team maintained a slow over-rate during their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 match against Delhi Capitals at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on April 20,” a press release from the IPL said.

“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 Sharma was fined Rs 12 lakh,” it added.

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With BCCI and the IPL Governing Council mandating a 90-minute time limit for each match, a repeat offence could lead to suspension for Rohit Sharma. MS Dhoni after Chennai Super Kings’ first match ended up getting fined for maintaining a slow over-rate as well.

As per the IPL guidelines, the captain of the erring team is docked Rs 12 lakh in fine on the first instance of over-rate. On the second instance during the season, the fine for the captain is doubled (Rs 24 lakh) while every other member of the playing XI is fined 25 per cent of the match fee or Rs 6 lakh — whichever is lesser.

When the offence is committed for the third time in a season, the captain has to pay a fee of Rs 30 lakh and serve a one-match ban, while the rest of the members of the playing XI are charged with a fine of Rs 12 lakh or 50 per cent of match fee — whichever is lesser.

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IPL 2021, DC vs MI: Bad day at office for Mumbai Indians

In the match, Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians came with a lot of confidence having bounced back from a defeat in the opening match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. It started off well with Rohit winning the toss against Rishabh Pant. The decision to bat first on a tricky Chennai wicket was a bit of a surprise but with Rohit in form, MI did not look concerned.

However, it was Amit Mishra’s 4/24 in his four overs that derailed Mumbai’s plans as apart from Rohit Sharma’s 44 off 30, no one could offer meaningful contributions as all were trapped in Delhi Capitals’ spin web. Apart from Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan bagged two wickets while youngster Lalit Yadav was also successful with 1/17 in his four overs. Mumbai Indians posted a modest 137-run total in the end.

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Defending such a low total was always going to be difficult but they had the best bowling attack at the death overs. MI started off well, sending Prithvi Shaw back early but could not contain Shikhar Dhawan early as he scored 45 off 42 to set the stage for the chase. In the end, Steve Smith’s 33 and Lalit Yadav’s 22 were enough for Delhi Capitals to break their five-match losing streak against Mumbai. Rohit Sharma said they fell 10-15 runs short and that cost them the match.

“After the start we got, I thought we could have batted well in the middle overs, which we didn’t do. We didn’t capitalise on the start in the powerplay, which we failed to do again. Credit to Delhi bowlers – they kept the pressure up and kept taking wickets. We knew dew was going to come in. We saw in the last few games that it’s not that difficult to grip the ball. Dew is not really the factor. You need to play smart cricket to win,” Rohit Sharma told the host broadcaster after the match.

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