Indian Premier League Jos Buttler terms MS Dhoni’s argument with umpires ‘not right’ after Rajasthan Royals loss

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first_img New Delhi: The match between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings was marred by an ugly confrontation between MS Dhoni and the umpires in the final over of the match. On the fourth ball of the innings, controversy erupted. Stokes bowled a slow, full toss which seemed over the waist and Mitchell Santner whacked it to wide long on for a couple. Initially, umpire Ulhas Gandhe raised the arm to signal a no-ball for height and the buzzers at the ground went off. However, the square leg umpire Bruce Oxenford over-ruled it. This infuriated Dhoni who charged onto the playing field and protested the decision. Dhoni pointed out that umpire Gandhe had raised the arm and it should be a no-ball but umpire Oxenford stated that he did not signal a no-ball. A heated argument ensued and few of the Rajasthan Royals players got involved.The play was held up for some time but Chennai Super Kings managed to get over the line when Santner clubbed a six off the last ball as they won the game by four wickets off the last ball. Jos Buttler, who was involved in an earlier controversy regarding the Mankading incident which involved Ravichandran Ashwin during the clash against Kings XI Punjab earlier at the same venue, spoke about Dhoni’s behavior. “I was fielding at the boundary so I am not sure what had actually happened. I am not sure if that was the right thing to do. Obviously, tensions are running high in the IPL and every run counts and it was probably a big moment in the game, but whether stepping onto the pitch is quite right – I’d say, probably not,” Buttler said.With this loss, Rajasthan Royals continued to remain in the seventh spot on the table but skipper Ajinkya Rahane credited the bowlers for putting up a tough fight. “Credit to our bowlers, on that wicket I thought 150 was low. We should have batted better, on that wicket, 170 would have been very good. We feel disappointed. I’m sure guys will take it on and learn from these mistakes. We have got to find the balance right depending on the conditions. I still feel you need to win crunch situations in the T20 format,” Rahane said, adding that the team needed to win the crunch situations.Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming defended Dhoni’s action, stating the skipper wanted clarity. “My understanding in discussing it with the captain was that we saw a no-ball called and there was confusion. Our understanding was that the umpire at the bowler’s end called a no-ball and then there was confusion around whether there was no-ball or not. MS was after some clarity and it didn’t seem to be coming, so he took the opportunity to go out and discuss with the umpires. That’s how I saw it and that’s how I discussed with him afterwards. I can’t say whether it was right or not. What wasn’t right was the confusion around the decision. It is above my pay grade early to go further than that,” Fleming said. Chennai Super Kings remained on top of the table in IPL 2019.Rajasthan Royals remained in the seventh spot.MS Dhoni was fined 50 percent of his match fee for his confrontation with the umpire. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more


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first_imgConcerns being raised by members of the private sector regarding the unavailability of molasses on the local market, but the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) has declared this matter “resolved”.Speaking with the Guyana Times on Wednesday, GMSA Vice President Ramsay Ali indicated that the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) was engaged with private sector officials in discussions on the issue.“We have managed to sort that out with GuySuCo, and everything’s well and okay now. There was a shortage, but I think that now how GuySuCo understands what the market is, they’ve assured us that there won’t be any future shortages,” Ali said.According to Ali, molasses is needed in Guyana by 10 large scale manufacturing companies who are dependent on the commodity for their production.The discussions were facilitated by GMSA President Shyam Nokta, GuySuCo CEO Paul Bhim, and GuySuCo Commercial Manager of Ram Persaud.This newspaper has been told that many agro-processing plants were facing difficulties and having the rate of their production affected by the unavailability of this commodity. At the convened meeting, GuySuCo’s CEO related that the storage facility at the Uitvlugt Estate and the closure of the other estates were the main issues affecting production of molasses. He added that there wasn’t any shortage of the commodity on the market. It was also highlighted that GuySuCo would supply 42 metric tons of molasses per month.Downsizing of the sugar industry has faced criticism from many companies, including the Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), which has also complained about the move.The three remaining estates – Uitvlugt, Blairmont and Albion – are projected to produce a total of 52,000 tonnes of molasses in 2018. However, DDL’s molasses requirement for 2018 only has been 70,000 tonnes.Initially, the company had been exploring options, and was even contemplating importing molasses to sustain rum production to meet its increasing local and international demands.As a long-term solution to this challenge, the company had submitted an Expression of Interest (EoI) to NICIL and to Government for the potential purchase of the now closed Enmore Estate, to allow for a steady supply of molasses.DDL had in March said it would be partnering with the SPU and Government to restart the Enmore Estate. Some 200 workers were rehired to start operations to produce molasses, and it was reported that over 190 cane harvesters had been employed to harvest some 4300 hectares of sugar cane at Rose Hall, to be used by Albion for the production of molasses.last_img read more