Dhoni fined over umpire clash in CSK’s dramatic IPL win

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MS Dhoni has been fined 50% of his match fee after striding on to the field to remonstrate with the umpires during the dramatic final over of Chennai Super Kings’ victory over Rajasthan Royals on Thursday.

The Super Kings had begun the final over of the Vivo Indian Premier League encounter needing 18 to win and had reduced that to eight from three despite Dhoni – who would later be named man of the match – being bowled by a Ben Stokes yorker.

Stokes then bowled a high full-toss which umpire Ulhas Gandhe initially signalled as a no-ball before being overruled by Bruce Oxenford at square-leg. Replays suggested Gandhe’s initial call was correct, and the CSK batsmen Mitchell Santner and Ravi Jadeja both questioned the umpires on the decision.

Dhoni, having removed his pads, then strode back on to the field of play to remonstrate with the officials, and it was this that has earned him a sanction under Article 2.20 of the IPL Code of Conduct, which deals with “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”.

Dhoni admitted to a Level 2 offence, with a 50% fine being the least grave sanction available for such an offence. Dhoni could have been banned for two matches.

The disputed no-ball ultimately didn’t matter, with New Zealander Santner smashing the last ball of Stokes’ thrilling but fairly disastrous over back over the bowler’s head for a match-winning six.

Stokes had earlier taken a stunning catch off the bowling of future England team-mate Jofra Archer.

Just another regular day of Vivo IPL.


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