Virat Kohli has been reprimanded for breaching the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) Code of Conduct during the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Match Referee Vengalil Narayan Kutty has charged the RCB skipper with a Level 1 breach of clause 2.2 which relates to “Abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during a Match.” For Level 1 breaches of the Code of Conduct, the Match Referee’s decision is final and binding
This is in regards to Virat Kohli hitting the boundary line, which contains the advertisement of the sponsors, and also a chair placed near the RCB dugout with his bat after he was dismissed on 33 off 29 balls by Jason Holder.
Virat Kohli, opening the innings, gave his side a composed start as they end the powerplay with 47/1 after being put in to bat first by David Warner. The pitch wasn’t easy to bat on; the SRH bowlers made it even difficult for the right-hander to get going in the middle-overs.
On the first ball of the 13th over, Holder’s third, Virat Kohli top-edged a short ball to Vijay Shankar at long leg. The 32-year-old, unimpressed and frustrated with himself for not carrying on after settling in, vented out his anger on the boundary cushion and the chair, which attracted him the rebuke from the Match Referee.
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Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed win RCB their second game
AB de Villiers, who played a blinder in the chase against Mumbai Indians, followed Virat Kohli as Rashid Khan got the better of the South African. However, Maxwell took the responsibility of taking RCB to a respectable total, giving the bowlers something to bowl at, with his 59 off 41 balls.
That something proved just enough by the end of the night as Warner’s side fell short by 6 runs, despite the skipper’s valiant half-century.
It was Shahbaz Ahmed, the 26-year-old Haryana all-rounder, who turned the tide in RCB’s favour in taking 3 wickets – Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, and Abdul Samad – in the 17th over, before which SRH needed 35 runs off 24 balls.
With the victory on Wednesday, Virat Kohli’s side tops the points table; they will take on Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday afternoon. The Sunrisers, who have lost two in two, will challenge the Mumbai Indians on Saturday.