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Controversy Surrounding MS Dhoni’s Umpire Argument Raises Possibility of IPL Final Ban

MS Dhoni's umpire argument

In a high-stakes encounter on 23 May, the Chennai Super Kings triumphed over the Gujarat Titans by 15 runs in the first qualifier match of IPL, securing a place in the finals. However, a nine-minute altercation during tomorrow’s match could spell trouble for the team’s captain, MS Dhoni. Rumors have circulated that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may consider banning Dhoni in the IPL 2023 final. Let’s delve into the details.

During the second innings of the match, chaos ensued when MS Dhoni engaged in a confrontation with the umpire on the field, advocating for his bowlers to continue their overs. The incident occurred when Dhoni wanted Mathisa Pathirana to bowl the 16th over, but the umpire refused. Pathirana had momentarily left the field, and according to regulations, he could only bowl his second over after completing the required time on the field.

Dhoni persistently argued with the umpires for approximately five minutes, insisting on Pathirana bowling the 16th over. This extended conversation raises the possibility of the BCCI taking strict action against Dhoni, potentially resulting in a ban for the IPL final. Dhoni has previously been fined for slow over rates, and a subsequent fine could lead to a suspension. However, the BCCI has not yet issued an official statement regarding this matter. According to the regulations, if a captain repeatedly violates the slow over rate policy, they may face a ban for a single match.

This incident is not the first time MS Dhoni has been involved in confrontations with umpires. In the 2019 IPL, during a match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, Dhoni vehemently disputed a no-ball decision made by the umpire in favor of Ben Stokes. Dhoni’s anger escalated to the point where he confronted the umpire on the field. The BCCI took action at that time, imposing a fine of 50 percent of Dhoni’s match fee.

As the controversy surrounding Dhoni’s exchange with the umpire intensifies, cricket enthusiasts await official statements from the BCCI regarding the potential consequences and the impact it may have on the IPL 2023 final.

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LSG in 15 overs at 113/5

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LSG in 15 overs at 113/5

Bowling out is narcotics. Badoni attempts a full-blooded sweep but is unsuccessful. Not a very strong case for lbw, and KKR requests the review at the last minute. With that bottom of the bat hit by Badoni, KKR has now lost both reviews.

OUT! Badoni attempts the sweep once more but is successful this time. taken with the square leg deep. Badoni leaves for a 27-ball 29 that makes no sense.

Krunal Pandya enters. begins with just one. Pooran will push this to long off for a single and then continue to strike. Once more, Narine finishes with economical figures.

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14 overs with LSG at 109/4

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14 overs with LSG at 109/4

Pooran has smoked this for a maximum over deep midwicket after Chakravarthy made a rank full toss. In 13.1 overs, LSG reached 100. Pooran isn’t really making much of a connection when Chakravarthy throws the ball wide outside of him. Chakravarthy crosses him again, and he misses another cut. After that six off the first ball, just four runs.

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99/4 for LSG in 13 overs

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99/4 for LSG in 13 overs

Into his third over, Narine. At long on, Badoni opens with a single. With his fourth ball, Pooran opens his account by cutting this away to deep point for a single. Stretching forward, Badoni knocks this one long and wide for another. From the crease, Pooran has an inside advantage in defending this. He completes the over with a single.

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