Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson has been fined for slow over-rate during his team's Indian Premier League (IPL) resumption match against Punjab Kings at the Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday. Since Samson was a first-time offender this season, he has been fined a sum of INR 12 lakh.
"As it was his team's first offence of the season under the IPL's Code of Conduct relating to a minimum over-rate offences, Samson was fined ₹12 lakh," read an official statement.
The Men in Pink registered a thrilling two-run win over Punjab Kings in a match set to be remembered for Kartik Tyagi's last over heroics. PBKS needed 4 runs from the last 6 deliveries but Tyagi conceded just one while picking two wickets to help his side register an improbable win, especially with Punjab looking way ahead in the match and had 8 wickets remaining with two set batters out in the middle.
"Tyagi was confident with his yorkers, especially wide yorkers. Executed them well against the new batters. And we had top fielding plans for every batter, we have planned till the last batter. We were happy with our score, on this wicket that was a good score. We are a better bowling/fielding team too. We could've won the game early if there weren't drops early on," winning captain Samson said at the post match presentation after the match.
"Feeling happy. I was injured during the India leg of IPL 2021, and when I recovered the tournament got cancelled. Very happy to get the chance today. I have spoken to seniors for the last few years. Everyone has said that game can change anytime. I knew I have the death-overs skills," Rajasthan's hero Tyagi said after being adjudged the Player of the Match in which the better individual performances came from the Punjab side where Arshdeep Singh picked a fifer while Mayank Agarwal scored a brilliant half-century.
With this win, Rajasthan Royals have now moved to the fifth spot in the points table with 8 points from as many games. Mumbai Indians also have the same number of points but are placed fourth due to a slightly better net run rate. Rajasthan Royals will next play Delhi Capitals on Saturday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.