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Punjab Kings and KKR forgot impact player rule conditions

The 2nd match of the IPL 16 between Punjab Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders is halfway through in Mohali. The hosts, batting first, put 191 on the board courtesy of fifty-run innings by Sri Lanka star batter Bhanuka Rajapaksa.

Bhanuka amassed 50(32), which included five fours and two sixes. However, after the end of the first innings, there was a long delay before the match resumed due to a floodlight failure. In the meantime, Punjab Kings used their impact player rule and substituted Rajapaksa out to bring in Rishi Dhawan to add to their bowling prowess.

Although, much to everyone’s surprise, Punjab Kings and KKR made big blunders ahead of the start of the game, as they forgot the conditions of using the impact player rule.

Notably, KKR and Punjab Kings both named an overseas player in their five players substitution list. However, according to the conditions of the new rule, if a franchise has named four overseas players in their playing XI, they cannot bring in an overseas player as an impact player. And in today’s case, both teams had four overseas players in their playing XI, and yet they named a foreign star in their substitution list.

The five subs for KKR were Suyash, Bhaibhav Arora, N Jagadeesan, Venkatesh Iyer, and David Wiese, while they already had Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, and Tim Southee as their four overseas players. Punjab Kings similarly named Matthew Short as one of their five subs.

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