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IPL Final 2019: Kieron Pollard Penalized For Code Of Conduct Breach

The final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) was an absolute blockbuster of an encounter. The momentum swung ends after every ball and until the very last over, the trophy also seemed to be shifting tables. However, eventually, it were the Mumbai Indians, who held their nerves amazingly well to snatch a one run victory from the jaws of defeat in the last ball thriller. With this victory, the Rohit Sharma-led team are now the champions of the IPL for the record fourth time.

Although his team might have won the game but Kieron Pollard has been handed a fine of 25 percent of his match fee for condemning the on-field umpire's decision during the final of IPL 2019. However, the offence hasn't been explicitly specified as of yet, but IPL has released a statement revealing the penalty and also stated that Pollard has accepted the sanction. 

"Mr Pollard admitted to the Level 1 offence 2.8 of the IPL Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials and accepted the sanction," said the statement.

What actually happened?

There was a whole lot of drama unfolded in this nail-biting contest. As they say when the stage is big and the prestigious title is on the line, pressure and tensed moments are bound to arrive. During the final over of the first innings, Mumbai team was reduced to in a crumbling situation with Kieron Pollard left as the lone warrior, battling hard to take his team towards a fighting total. In that final over, CSK bowler Dwayne Bravo bowled a clear wide delivery on the third ball but the on-field umpire, Nitin Menon, didn't give the decision in Pollard's favour and it was a legal delivery.

The umpire's point of view was that Pollard was shuffling long way across the off stump quite frequently. This decision frustrated Pollard and he even tossed up his bat straight in the air, while mocking the call. The drama continued as on the next ball, Pollard took the strike well away from the stumps almost stepped on the 'wide line' and then suddenly pulled away as Bravo ran in to deliver the ball. 

This forced both the on-field umpires, Nitin Menon and Ian Gould, to step up and they had a discussion with Pollard regarding the drama. After the brief conversation, things came back to normalization once again. The big-hitting Mumbai batsman then oozed out all the frustration with two crisp boundaries off the last two balls, which also helped MI reach a fighting total of 149 runs.

In the second innings, Shane Watson kept battling out till the end, producing a staggering knock of 80 runs, but eventually failed to take CSK over the finishing line.