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April 21, 2009
Bangalore Royal Challengers captain Kevin Pietersen was warned by the match referee for expressing his disappointment at being adjudged lbw to Muttiah Muralitharan by umpire Simon Taufel. He was out for a golden duck in the match against Chennai Super Kings in Port Elizabeth on Monday and his dismissal was crucial as Bangalore were thrashed by 92 runs while chasing an imposing 179.
Pietersen had come in after Jacques Kallis and Ross Taylor had departed in quick succession. At 47 for 3, with the fielding restrictions over, Bangalore were staring at an uphill task. Facing Murali for the first time, Pietersen came inside the line against a delivery that pitched on off and straightened a little before hitting the pads. Taufel raised his finger immediately while Pietersen indicated with his bat that may have taken a faint edge. He appeared surprised and kept shaking his head on his way back to the dug-out.
GR Viswanath, the match referee for the game, warned him for dissent after Taufel reported the incident to him. Viswanath said it was a Level 1 offence but Pietersen was spared any fine and was given a "severe warning".
Bangalore had won their first game, against Rajasthan Royals, before yesterday's defeat.
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