Slow over-rate offences put MI in a spot of bother

Special Correspondent

Mumbai: Nothing may now stop the Mumbai Indians from slotting a semifinal berth in the DLF-IPL III. With 12 points at the half-way stage of the tournament, MI may have to notch one more win out of the remaining seven to book its passage to the semi-final to be played in Bangalore.

However pleasant the news is, the stringent slow over-rate offences of the IPL has put the MI, its captain Sachin Tendulkar in a spot of bother.

Tendulkar was fined $40,000 and the team members $10,000 each for not completing the 20 overs in the time allotted — after the allowances were taken into consideration — against Kings XI Punjab on Tuesday.

Costly two overs

MI captain Tendulkar was fined $20,000 in the first match against Rajasthan Royals in a match in which Yusuf Pathan gave anxious moments to the home team. The MI was behind by two overs.

A third offence on the same count will invite a fine of $50,000 on the captain and $20,000 on each player.

Against Deccan Chargers, Harbhajan Singh was fined $15,000 for directing excessively audible or repetitious swearing at batsman T. Suman.