Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul has been fined a hefty amount of Rs. 12 Lakhs for maintaining a Slow Over Rate against Rajasthan Royals in their recently concluded pool stage fixture in Jaipur last night. This became Rahul’s first offense as a skipper in his cricketing journey.
Notably, KL Rahul was found guilty of breaching the Code of Conduct that is laid down in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Rules and Regulations. According to the latest guidelines, a team must complete their quota of 20 overs within a stipulated time frame of 90 minutes. Hefty fines will then be levied if the skipper fails to deliver in the prerequisite time period.
KL Rahul unknowingly caused the mishap that has truly cost the cricketer a lot. Though his side managed to defeat the heavyweight Rajasthan Royals in a thrilling fixture, unprecedented sorrows intercepted his celebrations of a famous victory.
RR couldn’t outclass LSG in the chase of 155 Runs
The Slow-Over Rate is becoming a crucial matter of importance in the IPL. The IPL organizing committee has specified that a complete 20-over game should be completed within a time frame of 3 Hours and 20 minutes. However, it is taking more than 4 hours to complete many games in the ongoing season of the championship.
Coming to the riveting battle between the two sides, Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson won the toss at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium and made an unfortunate decision to bowl first. Batting first, Lucknow posted a decent 154/7 run total in their first innings of 20 overs. Kyle Mayers (51) played a standalone crucial knock and was the highlight of the innings. Ravi Ashwin (2/33) starred in the bowling attack for the Royals.
Chasing a modest total of 155 runs, Rajasthan Royals fell short by only 10 runs as Avesh Khan (3/25) proved to be the game-changer of the match. Marcus Stoinis (2/28) was also amazing. Yashasvi Jaiswal (44) and Jos Buttler (40) put in their best efforts but failed to snatch a decisive victory for the hosts.
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