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April 23, 2012
Munaf Patel, the Mumbai Indians fast bowler, has been fined 50% of his match fee for making offensive gestures during the match against Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday, the IPL stated in a release.
The incident happened during the third over of Kings XI's innings, after Nitin Saini hit Munaf for two fours. Munaf had a word with Saini at the end of the over, forcing the umpires to intervene. His captain Harbhajan Singh then had to step in to calm him down. Munaf pleaded guilty to the Level 1 offence and was fined by the match referee Raju Mukherjee.
This is Munaf's second offence in this tournament, after he was fined 25% of his match fee in the game against Deccan Chargers in Visakhapatnam. Munaf was appealing for the wicket of Kumar Sangakkara, who was bowled off the inside edge, but was initially denied the wicket by the on-field umpires. Munaf and Harbhajan both argued with the umpires, who eventually referred the decision.
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