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It is understood that Southee’s dismay at the television umpire turning down a catch claimed by him in the third over of the run-chase could have resulted in the punishment. © Getty
Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Tim Southee was reprimanded for a Level 1 offence under Article 2.1.8 of the IPL Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials on Thursday (May 17) during their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The New Zealander admitted to the offence and accepted the sanction, a BCCI media release stated early on Friday morning.
Although the communication didn’t reveal details of the event that led to the sanction, it is understood that the 29-year-old’s dismay at the television umpire turning down a catch claimed by him in the third over of the run-chase could have resulted in the punishment.
The fifth ball off the third over witnessed Alex Hales hoicking one towards deep square leg where Southee was positioned. He came charging in before swooping low to take the catch. Although the soft signal given by the onfield umpires was out, the third umpire didn’t find conclusive evidence on the replays to reinstate the decision.
While Southee was aghast with the call, skipper Virat Kohli engaged in an animated chat with the onfield officials seeking clarification on the decision. Hales would go on to add 18 more runs to his tally before being eventually dismissed by fellow countryman Moeen Ali in the eighth over.