MS Dhoni fined for 'horrible' comment
MS Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings captain, has been fined 10% of his match fee for making an inappropriate public comment with respect to an umpire's decision.
Dhoni had called umpire Richard Illingworth's decision to give Dwayne Smith lbw "horrible" during the post-match presentation, after Chennai Super Kings lost the Qualifier to Mumbai Indians by 25 runs at Wankhede Stadium.
"I felt we lost too many in the middle," Dhoni had said when asked about Super Kings' performance. "Not to forget Dwayne Smith got a horrible decision by any standards, but overall I think we need to blame ourselves, we were not up to the mark."
Smith was adjudged lbw to a full toss from Lasith Malinga in the first over of the Super Kings chase, but replays indicated the ball was missing leg stump by a substantial margin. Dhoni admitted the level 1 offence and accepted the sanction, the IPL said in a release.
Super Kings will travel to Ranchi to play the second Qualifier on Friday. They will play the winner of the Eliminator between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore for a berth in the IPL 2015 final, against Mumbai.