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Steve Smith becomes third IPL skipper to be fined for slow over-rate this season
IPL 2020

Steve Smith becomes third IPL skipper to be fined for slow over-rate this season

Rajasthan Royals skipper Steve Smith has been sanctioned for maintaining a slow over-rate during his team's 57-run defeat to incumbent champions Mumbai Indians.

The luckless Royals have failed to win a game outside Sharjah this season as their batsmen could not deliver once again amid the relatively large boundaries in Abu Dhabi.

Smith followed Royal Challengers Bangalore's leader Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer of Delhi Capitals to become the third captain having to pay INR 12 lakh for breaching the IPL code of conduct through a slow over-rate.

Rajasthan took more time than required to complete their 20-over quota, during which Mumbai plundered 193 runs for the loss of just four wickets.

The Royals operated with a total of four quicks, who shared 14 overs between them and were subject to the wrath of the impressive Suryakumar Yadav (79* off 47 balls).

The chase for Smith's men turned out to be a stiff ordeal as they were routinely undone by the opposition's quality pace attack.

Jasprit Bumrah led from the front with four wickets whereas Trent Boult ably supported him to account for two batsmen and dismiss the Royals in 18.1 overs.

Barring Jos Buttler's defiant half-century, Smith admitted there weren't a lot of positives for the Royals as they languish in the bottom half of the points table.

"We haven't been able to get a good start in the last three games. Outside of Jos and Jofra Archer at the end, we've got work to do on our batting," he said.

"Stokes is not out till the 10th. He's not too far away. Hopefully, we can get a few wins and get some momentum."