Mumbai Indians’ batsman Hardik Pandya and Royal Challengers Bangalore’s all-rounder Chris Morris have been reprimanded by the match referee for breaching the IPL’s code of conduct during the clash between their team at the Sheikh Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday (October 28).
Mumbai Indians thrashed RCB by five wickets to register their eighth win of the season. Chasing 165, the defending champions crossed the finishing line on the first ball of the final over when Suryakumar Yadav hit Mohammed Siraj for a four to seal the game.
Suryakumar was the star of the show with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 79 off just 43 balls to help Mumbai Indians recover from 72 for 3 and eventually complete the chase without much trouble.
The Pandya-Morris incident:
The incident between Hardik Pandya and Chris Morris occurred on the fifth ball of the 19th over during Mumbai Indians’ chase. On the previous delivery, the Mumbai Indians star had hit the RCB allrounder for a six and was seen saying a few words to him in an animated manner.
But on the very next ball, Chris Morris dismissed Hardik Pandya and followed it up by giving the India star a send-off. The Mumbai Indians batsman was not at all impressed with the send-off and reacted angrily to it as he and Morris were once again seen exchanging few words.
Both players admitted to the charges levelled against them, Morris to the Level 1 offence 2.5 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct and Pandya to the Level 1 offence 2.20 of IPL’s Code of Conduct.
Mumbai Indians currently are at the top of the table with 16 points and on the verge of qualification with two matches to go, while RCB are on second spot with 14 points from 12 matches.