The Mumbai Indians skipper, Rohit Sharma has been handed a fine of 15 per cent of his match fees following a breach of the Code of Conduct during the last night's cracking encounter against hosts Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). After being adjudged leg before in the fourth over of the second innings, Rohit strangely first had a word with the Umpire and then even broke the stumps at the non-striker's end. The skipper was penalized under the Level 1 of 2.2 of the IPL's Code of Conduct.
What actually happened?
The visiting Mumbai team was set a mammoth chase of 233 runs by the home team and Rohit got off to a great start, smacking three crisp boundaries in the first couple of overs. Then in the fourth over of the second innings, the opener was given out leg before off the third delivery by the straight umpire. Rohit went for the big hoick but failed to connect it and in that process got hit on the back leg. However, the skipper was not convinced with the on-field umpire's decision and thus, he decided to take the assistance from the Decision Review System (DRS).
The outcome obtained on the big screen revealed that both impact and the ball was well within the line, while it was umpire's call on hitting the wickets. Thus, the on-field call was retained and Rohit was forced to walk back. But instead, the senior Indian opener got involved in a brief discussion with the umpire and then even showed dissent by breaking the stumps with his bat. However, after the game, Rohit accepted his mistake and the sanction as well.
After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, the home team, KKR reached a monumental total of 232 runs on the back of some entertaining fireworks from the openers, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill and the fantabulous 'Dre Russ Show'. Andre Russell played a breathtaking unbeaten knock of 80 runs off just 40 balls which included eight sixes. While in the second innings, Hardik Pandya stole the show with some staggering power-hitting as he dispatched the KKR bowlers all over the park.
He compiled a stupendous innings of 91 runs in a mere 34 balls and smashed 9 gigantic sixes in that process, however, eventually he portrayed as the lone warrior for MI and failed to take his team over the finishing line, thereby, KKR winning the game by a margin of 34 runs.