Mumbai Indians (MI) star all-rounder Kieron Pollard has been fined 25 per cent of his match fee for showing dissent at an on-field umpire’s decision during the IPL 2019 final against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Pollard, who was the innings top-scorer for MI (41 not out) as his team managed to post a fighting total on the scoreboard, threw his bat in air and took the strike at tramlines before walking across further to leave the pitch after a wide-ball decision didn’t go his way.
The 32-year-old was visibly annoyed by an umpiring howler and in tense situation came up with own way to deal with the problem.
In the final over, Dwayne Bravo bowled two consecutive deliveries wide outside the tramlines. While Pollard walked across to play the first ball, he let the other ball go despite not moving across.
On-field umpire Nitin Menon deemed both the deliveries to be legal which infuriated Pollard and the latter ended up throwing his bat in the air to show his annoyance.
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Later, both the on-field umpires, Menon and Ian Gould, had a chat with Pollard who went on to his normal stance and completed the innings, guiding MI to 149/8 which they successfully defended to lift the IPL 2019 trophy.
Following the end of the thrilling encounter, which MI won by just one run, IPL released a statement.
“Kieron Pollard, the Mumbai Indians all-rounder, was fined 25% of his match fee for showing dissent at an Umpire’s decision during the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 Final in Hyderabad. Mr Pollard admitted to the Level 1 offence 2.8 of the IPL Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials and accepted the sanction,” read the statement.