'Am gonna use the F word for #RCB tonight ..... FINALLY 👻', tweeteed actor Gaurav Kapur after Royal Challengers Bangalore registered their first win of the season on Saturday.
Virat Kohli conquered yet another milestone and became the highest scoring Indian in T20s with 8175 runs. But the victory came with a little disappointment for the RCB team and Virat Kohli, the captain. The cricketer was fined INR 12 lakh (approx. $17,300) for maintaining a slow over-rate against Kings XI Punjab on Saturday.
This is Virat Kohli's first over-rate offence of the season. The fine was imposed by match referee Prakash Bhatt. Virat Kohli is the third captain to have been fined for code of conduct breach after Mumbai Indians' Rohit Sharma and Rajasthan Royals' Ajinkya Rahane earlier in the tournament for their first offences.
For those unaware,
1. A Second offence over-rate would result in a fine of INR 24 lakh (approx. $34,600) for the captain and of INR 6 lakh (approx. $8,650) or 25% of the match fee from every other player in the team, whichever is lesser.
2. A third offence will cost the captain INR 30 lakh (approx. $43,370) and a ban from the team's next game, while each player in the XI will be fined INR 12 lakh (approx. $17,300) or 50% of the match fee, whichever is lesser.
In a statement released by IPL, "As it was his team's first offence of the season under the IPL's Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Kohli was fined Rs 12 lakh," it read.
Skipper Virat Kohli was a relieved man after Royal Challengers finally snapped a six-match losing streak in this IPL with a eight wicket win over Kings XI Punjab here Saturday.
Kohli (67) in company of AB de Villiers (59 not out) scripted a superb runchase, sharing a 85-run stand to lay the foundation, while Marcus Stoinis (28 off 16) played a crucial cameo as RCB overhauled the target of 174 with four balls to spare.
"It is a 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," Kohli said.
(With Inputs from PTI)