The no-ball that was not there, audience problems, Klaasen fined for ‘inappropriate comment’

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There was an unsavory moment during Sunrisers Hyderabad’s innings against Lucknow Super Giants when an object was thrown from the stands, forcing the umpires to intervene.

The incident occurred in the 19th over of the innings, shortly after a third umpire decision to overturn a no-ball call – coming from Avesh Khan’s bowling – given by the on-pitch umpire for a full toss. Heinrich Klaasen and Abdul Samad were the batters in the crease and both expressed their displeasure, Klaasen more than Samad.

Klaasen hit the next ball for four, but then there was a stoppage when the object was flung at Super Giants batter Prerak Mankad, according to Jonty Rhodes.

Rhodes, the fielding coach of the Super Giants, tweeted that the object hit Mankad on the head while he was fielding close to the Super Giants dugout.

Speaking to the broadcaster after the innings, Klaasen said the episode broke the momentum of the Sunrisers batters, adding his criticism of the umpire.

“Disappointed in the audience. That’s not what you want from an audience. It broke a lot of momentum,” said Klaasen. “Hopefully the referees will stay consistent. Not a great referee.”

He was later fined 10% of his match money for breaking the IPL code of conduct. The official IPL statement did not specify the reason for the punishment, only saying: “Klaasen admitted to the Level 1 violation under Article 2.7 stating the use of public criticism/inappropriate comment in the IPL Code of Conduct.”

Super Giants’ Amit Mishra was also found guilty of violating the code of conduct, but he was just reprimanded. “Mr Mishra admitted that he had committed a level 1 violation under Article 2.2 of the IPL Code of Conduct, which states that equipment was misused during the match. Mr Mishra accepted the sanction,” the statement said.

A similar incident had happened very early in IPL 2023 when R Ashwin expressed his displeasure with the referee during a match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals and was fined 25% of his match money.

Klaasen scored 47 to help Sunrisers reach 182 after opting to bat. But half a century away from Mankad and explosive blows from Marcus Stoinis and Nicholas Pooran helped Super Giants win the game in the final.

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