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MS Dhoni and Mustafizur Rahman handed hefty fines for collision

MS Dhoni and Mustafizur Rahman handed hefty fines for their collision act
MS Dhoni was penalized 75 per cent of his match fees for his collision with Mustafizur Rahman in the first ODI in Mirpur.
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Indian captain MS Dhoni and debutant Bangladesh fast-bowler Mustafizur Rahman have been handed hefty fines by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after their on-field collision in the first One-Day International in Mirpur on Thursday.

Dhoni was fined 75 per cent of his match fees while the 19-year-old Rahman was fined 50 per cent of his match fee for the incident which occurred in the 25th over of the Indian innings.

After delivering the ball, Rahman looked at the batsman as he moved into the path of Dhoni, who then ran into the youngster apparently pushing him out of the way with his arm, while completing the run.

This prompted the Indian skipper to have a word with the umpire while Rahman went off the field to get some attention after going down to ground.

However, Rahman came back in the 38th over to complete his five-wicket haul, which fetched him the man-of-the-match award on debut with figures of five for 50.

Refusing to dwell on the incident, Dhoni brushed it aside, terming it a typical clash where both the players expected each other to move out of their way, while being grateful that nobody was injured.

“Well, I thought he will move, he thought I will move and both of us ended up colliding because I had to take the closest path possible getting to the other end.

“If I am going around the bowler, more often than not they'll get the batsman out.

“So either I should have moved to the right or he should have moved to the left but both of us thought maybe the other guy will, but we ended up with a, what you can say, a typical kind of a street clash.

“Thankfully he didn't get injured, and I didn't get injured.”

The match ended in a 79-run victory for Bangladesh, who are now ranked seventh in the ICC ODI rankings, with 91 points, which puts them ahead of West Indies and Pakistan, who have 88 and 87 points respectively.

Bangladesh have now won nine consecutive ODIs at home, including the 5-0 sweep of Zimbabwe and the 3-0 sweep of Pakistan. 

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