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IPL 2019: MS Dhoni fined 50 per cent match fee for Code of Conduct breach

MS Dhoni admitted to a Level 2 offence of the IPL Code of Conduct and was fined 50 per cent of his match fees after getting on the field in a no-ball controversy.

Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni was docked 50 per cent of his match fee for coming on the field during their thrilling last ball finish against Rajasthan Royals on Thursday. The statement released by the IPL said, “Mr Dhoni admitted to the Level 2 offence 2.20 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction.”

The rare incident witnessed MS Dhoni losing his cool at an umpire and even more bizarrely, coming to the field of play to argue with the officials over a potential no ball. With 18 needed off the final over in Jaipur, Dhoni was bowled by Ben Stokes off the third ball of the over.

With the equation now requiring CSK to score 9 runs in three balls, Mitchell Santner came on to bat. The very first ball he faced was signalled a no-ball by Ulhas Gandhe – the umpire at the bowler’s end. However, the no ball, for over the waist height, was not given by the square-leg umpire.

Confusion ensued with Ravindra Jadeja, the other CSK batsman in the middle, checking with umpires on the Free Hit that should have followed, shortly before a furious Dhoni stormed to the field of play. He was seen angrily gesticulating in an animated discussion with the umpires with Stokes and other Rajasthan Royals players also involved. This held up the play for a few minutes

Eventually, the decision to not give a no-ball, incorrectly so, stood to make things trickier for CSK. However, CSK bagged the game with a last-ball six by Santner to clinch the contest by four wickets.

In the post-match interaction, Stephen Fleming revealed the reason behind Dhoni’s act of walking onto the field and going up to the umpires.

Needing 152 to win, CSK got there in the end to record their sixth win in seven games. Dhoni scored 58 off 43 while Ambati Rayudu (57 off 47 balls) for the fifth wicket.

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