Mumbai Indians’ pacer Munaf Patel was involved in an on-field altercation with Deccan Chargers’ Amit Mishra. The heated exchange between the two in the final over of the first innings, that of the Hyderabad outfit, shifted the momentum in their favour as it was the home side Mumbai Indians who had controlled the game until that moment.
Southpaw Shikhar Dhawan, who also played a crucial knock for the visitors, started the final over by dispatching a length ball over the midwicket fence for a maximum. This was followed by a single that got Mishra on strike. The leggie then got into the act and hit consecutive boundaries on the third and fourth deliveries of the over, thereby prompting Munaf to lose his temper. The pacer got involved in an ugly war of words with the two batsmen, however, it only made things worse for his team.
The leggie and the pacer again exchanged words after the 5th delivery, which also went for a boundary, forcing the umpires to intervene. Even Sachin Tendulkar stepped into calm the situation, however, Munaf was in no mood to budge. Mishra had the last laugh though as he smashed the bowler for another four to take his team to a respectable total of 135 which proved enough in the end by a margin of just 10 runs!
Munaf has had a history of disciplinary issues at the domestic as well as international level. In 2008, during a Sri Lanka-India ODI at Dambulla, he was fined 75% of his match fees for “using language that is obscene, offensive or of a seriously insulting nature to another player, umpire, referee, team official or spectator.” This was after the umpire had turned down an lbw appeal off his bowling to which he responded with some unacceptable remarks. A few months after this incident, Delhi had lodged a complaint against Munaf (who was playing for Rest of India) for abusing their batsmen during the Irani Trophy game.