IPL 2020 : Morris – Pandya in aggressive face-off, reprimanded for IPL Code of Conduct breach

Chris Morris & Hardik Pandya aggressive face-off on Wednesday night hasn’t gone down well with the Indian Premier League (IPL) authorities. The Royal Challengers Bangalore & Mumbai Indians all-rounder, both have been reprimanded for breaching the Dream11 IPL Code of Conduct during their team’s match against Mumbai Indians at Abu Dhabi.

Morris & Pandya both have admitted to the Level 1 offence 2.5 & Level 1 offence 2.20 respectively of the IPL’s Code of Conduct. For Level 1 breaches of the Code of Conduct, the Match Referee’s decision is final and binding.

IPL 2020 : What exactly happened between Pandya and Morris ?

Mumbai Indians’ all-rounder Hardik Pandya engaged in a verbal battle against Morris in their clash in Abu Dhabi. The face-off between Morris and Hardik captured the attention along with SuryaKumar Yadav’s brilliant match winning innings on Wednesday night.

The incident occurred in the 18th over when Mumbai Indians needed only 16 runs more to win the game. In three balls, the defending champions managed three runs, bringing Hardik Pandya on strike. Chris Morris delivered one on the slot that the batsman had little difficulty in dispatching it to the stands. The verbal war began here, which did not particularly seem very serious.

However, in the very next delivery, the South African seamer had his back. The 26-year old Indian all-rounder wanted to get one more boundary; unfortunately, all he did was hitting the ball straight to extra cover where Yuzvendra Chahal took the catch. While departing towards the pavilion, the duo exchanged some words while Pandya also pointed his finger towards Morris.