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MS Dhoni’s first day at IPL turned to be a bitter one

MS Dhoni & CSK

The day arrived & skipper of both the teams were all set to give their best on the field. As the game between DC & CSK started, it turned out to be terrible for CSK & MS Dhoni. At First Dhoni was clean bowled clean bowled without scoring by Avesh Khan in the 16th over of the innings & after the match he has been fined ₹12 lakh for maintaining a slow over rate during his side’s Indian Premier League opener against Delhi Capitals here.

It was a poor start for three-time champions CSK to its IPL 14 campaign, losing by seven wickets to Rishabh Pant-led Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede stadium here on Saturday night.

“Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni has been fined after his team maintained a slow over-rate during their IPL 2021 match against Delhi Capitals at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on April 10,”

the IPL said in a media statement.

“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 Dhoni was fined ₹12 lakh,”

the statement added.

Since it was CSK’s first offence of the season and thus the former India captain was let go with just a fine but a couple of more can see him getting suspended for a match or two. As per new stringent IPL rules, each side has to finish an IPL inning in 90 minutes, including two strategic time-outs of two and a half minutes each. As per the rule, the over rate has to be 14.1 overs per hour.

“As a measure to control the match timings, the 20th over in each innings is now included in 90 minutes, earlier the 20th over was to start on or before the 90th minute. The minimum over rate to be achieved in IPL Matches shall be 14.11 overs per hour (ignoring the time taken by time-outs),”

a BCCI official had said earlier.

However, the penalty for the offence remains unchanged, hence, a second offence will see CSK skipper Dhoni receiving a 24 lakh fine, while the remaining team members will be fined INR 6 lakh or 25% match fee fine (whichever is lesser) each. A third offence will result in an INR 30 lakh fine, one-match ban for the captain and INR 12 lakh or 50% match fee fine (whichever is lesser) for each member of the team excluding the captain.