India National Cricket Team have been fined 20 per cent of their match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate in the first Test of the three-match Test series against South Africa National Cricket Team at the SuperSport Park, Centurion.
Virat Kohli-led India breached the fortress Centurion by defeating the Dean Elgar-led South Africa by a huge margin of 113 runs to earn the victory in the match on Thursday.
Winning the toss and batting first KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal batted brilliantly and they had a century partnership. ‘Player Of The Match’ KL Rahul scored a sensational century and helped India score 327 runs in the first innings.
In South Africa’s first innings other than Temba Bavuma no one played a good knock and India with the help of Mohammed Shami’s 5-wicket haul bowled out South Africa for 197 runs. India in their second innings scored just 174 runs and posted the target of 305 runs which was more than enough to win as Indian bowlers bowled out South Africa for 191 runs in the second innings.
India Will Lose One Point From Their Points Tally For This Offence – ICC Official Media Release
In an official media release by the International Cricket Council (ICC), it was told that Andrew Pycroft of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction as India National Cricket Team were one over short of the target time. Also, it was told that India will lose one World Test Championship (WTC) point from their points tally for this offence.
“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,” Official ICC media release.
“In addition, as per Article 16.11 of the ICC Men’s World Test Championship Playing Conditions, a side is penalised one point for each over short. Consequently, India will lose one point from their points tally for this offence,” the statement added.
“Captain, Virat Kohli pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing. Umpires Marais Erasmus, Adrian Holdstock, Allahudien Paleker and Bongani Jele leveled the charge,” the statement further added.