Delhi Capitals IPL coach Ricky Ponting fumes over overseas player rule in Rajasthan Royals loss

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Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting was left visibly fuming after the Rajasthan Royals fielded a fifth overseas player during Thursday evening’s Indian Premier League match in Jaipur.

The Royals, who named three overseas players in the starting XI, employed their impact sub during the innings break at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, swapping out South Africa’s Nandre Burger for Shimron Hetmyer.

However, fellow West Indies batter Rovman Powell also made his way onto the field as a substitute fielder for local star Riyan Parag when the Capitals’ run chase got underway.

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Play was briefly interrupted as Ponting argued with match officials near the boundary line, presumably accusing Rajasthan of violating the playing conditions.

According to Article 1.2.6 of IPL’s playing conditions, teams are not allowed to have more than four overseas players on the field of play at any time during a match.

“If the team names the maximum four overseas players in its starting XI, an overseas player may only take the field as a substitute fielder if the player that he is replacing is an overseas player,” it states.

“If the team names less than four overseas players in its starting XI, overseas players may only enter the field of play as substitute fielders to the extent that by doing so, they do not take the total number of overseas players representing that team on the field to more than four.”

Parag’s unbeaten 45-ball 84 propelled Rajasthan to 5-185 and sealed a 12-run win over the Capitals on Thursday, leaving Ponting under early pressure following two straight losses to start the season.

Rishabh Pant-led Delhi won the toss and chose to field first and maintained a stranglehold over the game until the second half of the Royals’ innings.

Rajasthan lost both their explosive openers Yashasvi Jaiswal (5) and Jos Buttler (11) early and even batting mainstay, captain Sanju Samson, failed to convert his start and fell for 15.

With the team reeling at 3-36 in the eighth over, Rajasthan promoted India’s spin-bowling all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin, who built a crucial 54-run partnership with Parag.

Ashwin scored 29 off 19 balls and took the team to 90 before he was dismissed in the 14th over by India teammate Axar Patel.

Parag, who has been criticised in previous IPL seasons for his rash shot selection, kept the scoreboard ticking until after the 17th over.

The 22-year-old put together another key partnership with Indian wicketkeeper Dhruv Jurel (20).

Parag, who reached his 50 off 34 balls, cracked 25 runs with three fours and two sixes off the final over bowled by South African paceman Anrich Nortje.

He was ably supported by Hetmyer, who hit an unbeaten seven-ball 14 that propelled the team to an impressive 5-185.

Samson praised player of the match Parag.

“Wherever I go, people ask me about him. There is something very special he can give to Indian cricket,” he said.

Patel was the standout bowler for Delhi and finished with 1-21 in his four-over spell.

Delhi started their chase well with Australian openers Mitchell Marsh and veteran David Warner.

Marsh was removed after a 12-ball 23 in the fourth over by South African quick Nandre Burger, who also removed Ricky Bhui (0) in the same over.

But that didn’t stop Warner, who took the team to 2-59 at the end of the powerplay.

He was removed in the 12th over after a well compiled 34-ball 49, falling to young India fast bowler Avesh Khan.

Delhi subsequently fell behind the run rate before a late innings counter-attack by South African Tristan Stubbs who finished with an unbeaten 23-ball 44.

Avesh bowled a tight last over to seal a 12-run victory.

Leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal finished his three overs with 2-19 while Burger had 2-29.

Losing captain Pant said that he was “definitely disappointed”.

Pant, who hopes to make a comeback to the Indian team after his long injury lay-off ahead of the T20 World Cup this summer, made 28 off 26 balls.

“The best thing to do from here is to learn from it,” he added.

Originally published as Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting fumes over overseas player rule

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