Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Nitish Rana has been fined by the BCCI for Rs 12 lakh for maintaining slow over-rate during the match against Punjab Kings in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Monday night.
This is the first time when the two-time IPL champions were slow in completing their overs this season.
However, it was a great result for KKR at their home ground of Eden Gardens as Rinku Singh and Andre Russell pulled off a heist for them to win the last-ball thriller.
“Kolkata Knight Riders captain Nitish Rana has been fined after his team maintained a slow over-rate during their TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Punjab Kings at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.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. Rana was fined Rs. 12 lakh,” the statement from IPL read.
Coming to the match, Punjab, after electing to bat first, posted a competitive total of 179 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 20 overs as captain Shikhar Dhawan slammed a brilliant half-century scoring 57 runs off 47 balls on a slow Kolkata pitch. Shahrukh Khan and Harpreet Brar provided crucial finishing touches to take the team’s score to 179.
In reply, KKR were off to a great start, thanks to solid contributions from opener Jason Roy (38) and skipper Nitish Rana (51) while Russell finally got going with the bat as he scored 42 runs off just 23 balls before getting dismissed in the final over. However, Rinu Singh held his nerves to smash a fantastic four when two runs were needed off the final ball to keep his team alive in the competition.