For the second time during the ongoing tour of Australia, Team India have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate. Virat Kohli & Co. have been fined 20 per cent of their match fee for finishing one over short of the target with time allowances in the third and final T20I against Australia.
With Virat Kohli pleading guilty to the offence and accepting the proposed sanction, there was no need for a formal hearing. Match Referee David Boon imposed the sanction after India failed to complete their quota of overs within the allotted time. On-field umpires Rod Tucker, Gerard Abood, TV umpire Paul Wilson, and fourth umpire Sam Nogajski levelled the charge.
“In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time,” the ICC said in their statement.
Before the latest offence, India were fined for maintaining slow over-rate during the first ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground last month. Additionally, India had also been fined 40% and 20% of their match fees earlier in this year for similar over-rate offences in successive T20Is against New Zealand in February.
Talking about the game, Australia beat India by 12 runs to avoid a clean sweep. The three-match series ended 2-1 in India’s favour. Asked to bat first, Australia posted an imposing total of 186 for 5 in the allotted 20 overs. Matthew Wade scored 80 while Glenn Maxwell scored 54.
In reply, India finished their innings on 174 for 7 despite Virat Kohli playing a fine knock of 85. Both the teams will now lock horns in the much-anticipated four-match Test series, scheduled to start on December 17 in Adelaide.
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