Kane Williamson, the Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper has been found guilty of maintaining a slow over-rate in the first match against Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday, March 29.
As if the 61-run defeat from RR wasn’t enough, Williamson became the second captain, after Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma, who has been fined Rs. 12 lakhs because of this. If this offence is committed for a second time, the amount will double to 12 lakhs. The other players will also have to pay fines. The third time will ban the skipper for a match with a penalty of Rs. 30 lakhs.
A BCCI statement read: “The Sunrisers Hyderabad have been fined after they maintained a slow over-rate during their TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 match against Rajasthan Royals at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune on March 29.”
“As it was the team’s first offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to a minimum over-rate offence, Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson was fined for 12 lakhs,” the statement added.
Kane Williamson’s controversial dismissal
Kane Williamson edged a ball delivered by Prasidh Krishna. RR’s wicketkeeper and captain Sanju Samson tried to catch the ball but it slipped and after a bounce, it was caught by Devdutt Padikkal at slips. The on-field umpire wasn’t sure if the ball touched the ground or not so he referred the decision to the third umpire. The third umpire KN Anantha Padmanabhan then gave the catch green light and faced a lot of scrutinies.
SRH’s head coach Tom Moody expressed his surprise over the dismissal: “We were very surprised that it was given out, particularly when we saw the replay. I can understand the on-field umpires taking it upstairs, and when that happened and we saw the evidence. We’re certainly not umpires, but it looked pretty clear to us what the decision was.”
Coming to the game, RR were on a roll as they outplayed SRH in every department. The ‘Men in Pink’ gave a target of 210/6 with the help of Samson’s fierce half-century. In response, SRH lost Williamson because of this controversial call in the second over. Aiden Markram and Washington Sunder’s efforts didn’t help much as their side were restricted to 149/7.