Delhi Daredevils in-form leg-spinner Amit Mishra was reprimanded by the match referee for using inappropriate language during their 27-run victory against Kolkata Knight Riders in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Saturday.
“Mishra admitted to the level 1 offence (Article 2.1.4 of the IPL Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials) and accepted the sanction,” a statement from the IPL stated.
For Level 1 breaches of the IPL Code of Conduct, the match referee’s decision is always final and binding.
However, Amit Mishra is making a mark as an attacking bowler in this year’s IPL. He played defining roles against KXIP, Mumbai Indians and last night against Kolkata Knight Riders, helping the team pull off initial wins.
The Indian spinner has been varying his deliveries quite well but one of his main weapons is the googly, which he claims to have improved during the time he was on India duty.
Despite being reprimanded Mishra left the field with a cheerful face as a masterful effort from Robin Uthappa even couldn’t make up for failures all around him. KKR bowled out for 156 after 18.3 overs.
Delhi’s experienced leader in the bowling department, Zaheer Khan actually began the slide with two important wickets up front and ended with figures of 3/21 in 3.3. overs.
Amit Mishra himself bowled impeccably tight overs from one end and took an outstanding catch to remove dangerman, Andre Russell. Carlos Brathwaite added sheen to his leather-burning batting cameo with a three-wicket haul.
Meanwhile, Chris Morris had a horrid birthday up until the last few minutes of the KKR innings, where he pulled off a stunning run-out and two great catches at the boundary.
It was Delhi who played better cricket while KKR collapsed more dramatically than Morris did on while running in during his first over. With this win, Delhi rises to the second position in the points table now.
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