WATCH | Virat Kohli left incensed as umpire fails to award runs for “fake fielding”

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WATCH | Virat Kohli left incensed as umpire fails to award runs for “fake fielding”

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The new ICC rules came into effect last month and the impact of the rules have been seen all across the cricketing world. However, against India, the umpires failed to pickup a clear “fake fielding” violation by Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal which left Virat Kohli fuming in the dressing room.

With India struggling to score on a pitch that looks more like Newlands than a traditional Eden surface, Virat Kohli was left frustrated in the dressing room after the on-field umpires failed to award runs for fake fielding. Queensland's Marnus Labuschange became the first player to fall victim to the new fake-fielding rule in the JLT Cup and his team was penalized five runs.

In today’s match, in the 53rd over, Bhuvneshwar Kumar hit a Dasun Shanaka ball past cover. Chandimal who was fielding in the cover region, chased the ball, but, on realizing that the third man was in a better position to get the ball he slid on the ground. What he did next has created a bit of a controversy. Chandimal rose to his feet and appeared to throw the ball when he did not have possession of it. 

Since the rule against "intentionally deceiving or distracting a batsman" has officially been introduced by the ICC, Kohli, sitting in the dressing room looked agitated with five runs not being awarded to his team. When the camera panned to him, he raised his hand signalling his disdain that the umpires had not been able to pick up the same. At the end of the over, the umpire had a word with the fielder but did not add the penalty runs to the score. India eventually finished their first innings with just 172 on the board.

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