Mumbai: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli was reprimanded for violating the Indian Premier League (IPL) code of conduct during his team’s match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Wednesday.
“Kohli is involved in Level 1 offence 2.2 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct. For Level 1 breaches of the Code of Conduct, the Match Referee’s decision is final and binding,” read a statement from IPL.
RCB defeated SRH by six runs in a thrilling match. A half-century from David Warner propelled SRH to victory, but Shahbaz Ahmed raced through his middle order to help RCB register their second consecutive win of the tournament.
SRH won the toss and asked RCB to bat first. Glenn Maxwell scored a brilliant half-century, which ensured that RCB set a target of 150 runs in their second innings despite a flurry of wickets.
Kohli scored 33 runs and was taken by Jason Holder in the 13th over of the innings. Vijay Shankar catches him in the outfield. Kohli was seen hitting the boundary cushion with his bat while going off the field, along with a chair placed near the dugout after his dismissal.
SRH was right on track for a win with Warner and Manish Pandey stitching an 83-run stand for the second wicket but the side lost the plot in the middle overs. SRH collapsed from 96/1 to 123/6 within 4.4 overs and managed to reach 143/9 in their allotted 20 overs. Shahbaz picked three key wickets and delivered when RCB needed him the most.