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Dhoni fined for CSK’s slow over-rate

After losing their first match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 campaign to Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has received yet another blow, as he has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday (April 10).

Dhoni fined for CSK's slo over-rate

Because of it being his team’s first offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Dhoni was fined INR 12 lakh.

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“Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni has been fined after his team maintained a slow over-rate during their VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 match against Delhi Capitals at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on April 10. 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 Rs 12 lakh,” read an official release from IPL.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ideally wants teams to finish bowling 20 overs within 90 minutes for uninterrupted matches. As per the IPL 2021 Code of Conduct, the minimum over-rate should be 14.1 overs per hour, not including the time taken for strategic time-outs.

In the game against Delhi, CSK bowled only 18.4 overs, but still they were well short of the expected over-rate.

Meanwhile, it should be noted that the second offence will see Dhoni (assuming he will remain CSK captain) 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.

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