Kolkata Knight Riders have been fined after the Eoin Morgan-led side maintained a slow over rate during their match against Mumbai Indians at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Thursday. Notably, it was KKR’s second offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over rate offences. As a result, KKR captain Eoin Morgan was fined Rs 24 lakh. Meanwhile, the rest of the members of the KKR playing XI were each fined lesser of either Rs 6 lakhs or 25 percent of their individual match fee.
Morgan’s first offence of the season came back in April during KKR’s match against Chennai Super Kings. At that time, he was fined INR 12 lakh. Few days back, Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson was also fined for maintaining a slow over rate during their match against Punjab Kings. A third offence in the same season will lead to Morgan being banned for a match and fined Rs 30 lakh.
Tripathi and Iyer shine against Mumbai
Uncapped Indian batsmen Rahul Tripathi and Venkatesh Iyer produced brilliant knocks of 74 and 53 respectively as Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Mumbai Indians comprehensively by seven wickets. With this win, KKR rose to fourth spot - the final play-off spot - while Mumbai Indians slipped to sixth position in the points table after the loss. Earlier, Mumbai wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock's 55-run knock helped MI register a total of 155/6 in the allotted twenty overs. Prasidh Krishna and Lockie Ferguson scalped two wickets each for KKR.
KKR will next take on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Sunday while Mumbai will lock horns against Virat Kohli's RCB.