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Ashwin gets his chance but refrains from Mankading, Ponting smiles

Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday refrained from doing what he would instinctively do in the past -- Mankad the batsman after he had backed up too far at the non-striker's end.

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Delhi Capitals spinner R Ashwin during the match against RCB

Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday refrained from doing what he would instinctively do in the past -- Mankad the batsman after he had backed up too far at the non-striker's end.

Instead, what the off-spinner did was smile wryly after catching Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Aaron Finch short of the crease during their Indian Premier League match here.

The bowler, though, warned the Australian.

In the dugout, DC coach Ricky Ponting, who found himself at odds with Ashwin on the contentious issue of in the run-up to the tournament, also smiled.

The incident happened in the third over of Royal Challengers Bangalore's innings, when Finch stepped way out of his crease, but the seasoned off-spinner Ashwin didn't attempt

Before the start of the 13th IPL, Ponting had said that he had told Ashwin that he would not like him to Mankad the non-striker in the tournament.

The coach, a legend of the game and a staunch critic of the practice named after former India all-rounder Vinoo Mankad, had backed the senior India off-spinner when he asked if the batsman should also be penalised for leaving his crease at the non-striker's end before a ball is delivered.

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First Published: Mon, October 05 2020. 23:48 IST