Gujarat Titans batsman Matthew Wade has been reprimanded by the match referee for his behaviour during the clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday (May 19). Wade could not control his emotions and vented his frustration on the field after being given out lbw. The incident took place in the sixth over of Gujarat Titans’ innings when Wade was facing his compatriot Glenn Maxwell. After the on-field umpire raised his finger, Wade decided to review the decision straightaway.
The wicketkeeper-batsman was confident that the ball had hit the bat before hitting the pad. Even the commentators were convinced that the ball had hit the bat first. However, the UltraEdge surprisingly didn’t show any spike as the ball passed the bat. Believing the evidences, the third umpire stuck with on-field umpire’s original call, leaving Wade absolutely furious. He walked off the field angrily and was seen throwing his bat and helmet in the dressing room.
Following the game, the match referee decided to take action for Wade’s behaviour. Wade admitted to the offence and was let off with a reprimand. As per a statement from the IPL, it was a Level 1 offence, under Article 2.5 of the Code of Conduct.
“Matthew Wade from Gujarat TItans has been reprimanded for breaching the TATA Indian Premier League’s (IPL) Code of Conduct during his team’s match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.Mr Wade admitted to the Level 1 offence under Article 2.5 of the IPL Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction.For Level 1 breaches of the Code of Conduct, the Match Referee’s decision is final and binding,” read the statement from IPL.
RCB beat Titans:
Talking about the game, RCB beat the Titans by eight wickets to stay in contention for a playoffs spot. The defeat, however, was not costly for Titans as they had already sealed a place in the top two. Batting first, Titans scored 168 for 5 in the allotted 20 overs. Captain Hardik Pandya led from the front and scored an unbeaten 62 off 47 deliveries. In reply, RCB chased down the total inside 19 overs with Virat Kohli starring with the bat. The former RCB skipper played a scintillating knock of 73 to set up an easy win for his team.