Virat Kohli was fined Rs 12 lakh after Royal Challengers Bangalore maintained a slow over-rate during their Indian Premier League match against Kings XI Punjab on Thursday.
This is RCB’s first offence of the season under the IPL Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences.
“Royal Challengers Bangalore Captain Virat Kohli has been fined after his team maintained a slow over-rate during their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 match against Kings XI Punjab in Dubai on 24 September 2020,” the IPL said in a statement.
“As it was his team’s first offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Mr Kohli was fined Rs 12 lakh,” it further said.
KXIP thrashed RCB by 97 runs in the match in which Kohli had a forgettable outing. The RCB skipper dropped KXIP captain K.L. Rahul twice during their innings and these mistakes cost the Bangalore team dearly. Kohli himself scored just one run as RCB struggled to chase 207.
“I have to stand in front and take the brunt of it, not the best day in the office, couple of important chances of KL (Rahul) when he was set and that cost us 35-40 runs at a later stage,” Kolhi said during the post-match presentation.
“Maybe if we restricted them to 180 we wouldn’t have been under pressure from ball one of the chase,” he added.
Rahul, who went on to score 132, was adjudged Player of the Match. He also broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record to become the fastest Indian batsman to reach 2,000 IPL runs.
The KXIP skipper also registered the highest score by an Indian in an IPL game, having smashed 14 boundaries and seven sixes.