Rajasthan Royals (RR) batsman Robin Uthappa was seen applying saliva on the cricket ball after dropping catch of Sunil Narine during the clash against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has already notified a ban on the use of saliva to shine the ball because of the dreadful coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, Uthappa’s actions seem to be a violation of the ICC’s guidelines and protocols.
“Players will not be permitted to use saliva to shine the ball. If a player does apply saliva to the ball, the umpires will manage the situation with some leniency during an initial period of adjustment for the players, but subsequent instances will result in the team receiving a warning,” it had said in a statement released.
“A team can be issued up to two warnings per innings but repeated use of saliva on the ball will result in a 5-run penalty to the batting side. Whenever saliva is applied to the ball, the umpires will be instructed to clean the ball before play recommenced,” the ICC had mentioned.
KKR defeats RR by 37 runs
Having lost the toss and put in to bat, KKR lost Sunil Narine for just 15 runs. But his partner Shubman Gill stitched brisk partnerships with Nitish Rana and then Andre Russell. Following Gill’s dismissal for 47 and the losses of Russell and Dinesh Karthik, the experienced Eoin Morgan took KKR to a more than decent total of 174.
Jofra Archer was the star with the ball for RR as he returned figures of 2-18. His fellow pacers Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Rajpoot and Tom Curran chipped in with a wicket each. KKR’s score of 174 would ultimately prove to be enough.
This was KKR’s second successive win and they jumped to the second spot in the IPL 2020 points table following Delhi Capitals on the 1st position.