IPL 2020, MI vs RR: Steve Smith fined for maintaining slow over-rate

Rajasthan Royals were thrashed by Mumbai Indians on Tuesday at the Sheikh Zayed International Stadium. In match no 20 of the Indian Premier League 2020, MI defeated RR by a mammoth 57-run margin. It was a hapless performance with the bat by Rajasthan Royals as their frailties lay bare against a dominant Mumbai side.

MI scored 193-4 in their quota of 20 overs with Suryakumar Yadav hitting a 44-ball 77. While defending the target, MI bowlers choked the RR batsmen as wickets kept tumbling. Jos Buttler fought a lone battle at the top for RR as he hit more than 50% of RR’s runs on Tuesday night. RR were eventually bowled out for just 136 as their losing streak extended to 3 matches.

But it wasn’t the only worry on the night for RR captain Steve Smith as he was fined for maintaining a slow rate during the match.

‘Rajasthan Royals Captain Steven Smith has been fined after his team maintained a slow over-rate during their Dream11 Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 match against Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi on 6 October 2020. 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. Smith was fined Rs 12 lakh,’ IPL said in a press release.

A clinical spell from Jasprit Bumrah (4/20) scripted Mumbai Indians’ 57-run win against Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi.

Besides Bumrah, James Pattinson (2/19) and Trent Boult(2/26) scalped 2 wickets apiece while Rahul Chahar (1/24) and Kieron Pollard (1/24) settled one wicket each.

This win propelled MI to the top position on the points table. RR batsmen were completely outplayed by MI bowlers. In pursuit of a 194-run target, they ended up scoring 136 runs. Earlier, MI won the toss and elected to bat first. Defending champions Mumbai Indians registered their first win against RR since 2015.


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