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Dhoni let off with 50 per cent fine after angry reaction to umpire's call

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

captain escaped a ban and was let off with a 50 per cent fine on his match fee for an unprecedented confrontation with the on-field umpires during the IPL encounter against here.

In a rare instance, Dhoni, who was not even meant to be on the field of play, lost his cool and rushed out of the dug-out to challenge umpire Ulhas Gandhe after he flip-flopped on a no ball on Thursday night.

"Dhoni, the captain, was fined 50 percent of his match fees for breaching the VIVO Indian Premier League's (IPL) Code of during his team's match against at Jaipur," the BCCI stated.

Gandhe had tried to rule a waist high full toss as no ball by RR all-rounder But he reversed his decision after square leg umpire did not signal for it.

"Dhoni admitted to the Level 2 offence 2.20 of the IPL's Code of and accepted the sanction," it further stated.

As is the case with IPL teams, it's the franchise that will pay the fine on the player's behalf.

Dhoni was seen angrily gesturing at Gandhe for backtracking after initially signalling a no ball.

It took some convincing from Oxenford for Dhoni to head back to the dugout even though he seemed far from convinced.

But the confusion and the ensuing confrontation did not have a bearing on CSK's fortunes.

Stokes failed in the final over and finished the match with a six to take his team to a four-wicket win in a chase of 152.

According to the ICC Code of Conduct, which governs the IPL, showing serious dissent at an umpire's decision by words or action can lead to a maximum punishment of one-Test or two-ODI ban.

The ongoing edition of the IPL has had quite a few umpiring controversies so far. Not too long back, and Royal Challengers skipper lambasted the standards after his team was at the receiving end of a poor no ball call.

The umpire failed to spot a clear case of over-stepping in RCB's clash against and Kohli had gone on to say that the officials "should keep their eyes open".

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 12:10 IST