“Karthik admitted to the Level 1 offence 2.2 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction. For Level 1 breaches of the Code of Conduct, the Match Referee’s decision is final and binding,” read a statement from IPL.
Meanwhile, KKR held their nerve and beat the spirited Delhi Capitals (DC) to book a place in the final. KKR’s win set up a blockbuster final showdown for them against the Chennai Super Kings in Dubai on Friday.
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Chasing 136, KKR got off to a solid start as openers Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill put on 51 runs inside the first six overs. Both batters scored steadily and at the halfway mark, KKR cruised to 76/0, needing 60 runs in the last 10 overs.
Iyer continued with his brilliant form and brought up his half-century in the 12th over of the innings. It was Kagiso Rabada who finally ended Iyer’s (55) innings with KKR still 40 runs away from the target.
DC then stormed back into the game with the wickets of Gill (46), Nitish Rana (13), Dinesh Karthik (0), Eoin Morgan (0), Shakib Al Hasan (0) and Sunil Narine (0) in quick succession, but KKR managed to score the seven runs off the final over to win by three wickets for a place in the final.