Virat Kohli fined for Rs 12 lakh for slow over-rate in Mohali
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has been fined for maintaining a slow-over rate during the Indian Premier League match against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali.
In the night of registering their first win of this season’s IPL, RCB skipper suffered a penalty of Rs 12 lakh failing to keep up the rate according to ICC Code of Conduct.
“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. Kohli was fined Rs 12 lakh,”
read an IPL statement.
This was RCB’s first over rate offence this season and Kohli became the third captain to be fined for over-rate offences after Mumbai Indians’ Rohit Sharma and Rajasthan Royals’ Ajinkya Rahane earlier in the tournament.
However, RCB finally registered their first victory in this year’s IPL as they defeated Kings XI Punjab by eight wickets at PCA Stadium in Mohali.
While chasing a target of 174, Kohli and AB de Villiers starred the show with knocks of 67 and 59* respectively to lead the team towards victory with four balls to spare.
Earlier in the match, Chris Gayle thrashed the opposition with a splendid knock of a single run short of the century. He remained 99 not out to allow his side to post a total of 173 runs on the board for the loss of four wickets.
“It is a great feeling to get across the line. Have been unlucky in couple of games. Won’t say we’ve been unlucky in every game, but a couple of games we should’ve closed out before this,” Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation on Saturday.
In their next match, RCB will face Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 15.