RCB finally tasted their first victory of IPL 2019 after they defeated KXIP by 8 wickets. The much-awaited win cam after six straight defeats. However the taste of victory became a bit bitter as RCB skipper Virat Kohli was fined for slow over-rate.
Kohli is the third captain this season to get a fine. The other captains are Rohit Sharma of MI and RR’s Ajinkya Rahane. RCB bowled first and completed their innings by 21:45 IST. As per the rule, Kohli was fined INR 12 Lakhs. The fine was imposed by match referee Prakash Bhatt.
“Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has been fined after his team maintained a slow over-rate during their VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 match against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on 13th April 2019,” stated the release from the IPL.
“As it was his team’s first offense of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offenses, Mr. Kohli was fined Rs 12 lakh,” added the release.
If this offence is repeated, there is harsher punishments waiting. For the second time, the captain will be fined INR 24 Lakhs. Other than that every player of the team will be fined INR 6 Lakh or 25% of the match fee, whichever is lesser.
For the third time, the punishment is even harsher. The captain will be fined INR 30 Lakhs and will face a one-match ban. In addition every player of the team will be fined INR 12 Lakh or 50% of the match fee, whichever is lesser.
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Kohli finally found happy after the win
Kohli was extremely happy after the win and it was evident in the post-match presentation. KXIP was asked to bat first and they posted 173 for 4, thanks to a 99 not out from Chris Gayle.
RCB did a good job by keep Gayle and the others quiet in the middle overs. In response Kohli and AB de Villiers scored fifties. Marcus Stoinis also played a handy knock to take RCB over the finishing line for the first time in 2019.
“Most pleasing thing is coming for an interview at this time, and not immediately out of the field. 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. After so many setbacks, the guys had desire. That’s one word we spoke about,” Kohli said after the win.