The International Cricket Council (ICC) has imposed 80 percent fine on Team India for maintaining a slow over-rate in the ODI series opener against New Zealand in Hamilton on Wednesday (February 5).
“Chris Broad of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction after Virat Kohli’s side was ruled to be four overs short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration,” the ICC said in a media release.
“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 percent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time,” the release further stated.
Since India skipper Kohli accepted the proposed sanction, there was no need for a formal hearing.
On-field umpires Shaun Haig and Langton Rusere, third umpire Bruce Oxenford and fourth umpire Chris Brown levelled the charges.
Coming to the match, India suffered a comprehensive four-wicket defeat in the first game of the three-match ODI series.
Asked to bat first, the visitors posted a mammoth 347/4 in 50 overs on the back of Shreyas Iyer’s maiden ODI century (103 off 107 balls) and KL Rahul’s dazzling 64-ball 88*.
In reply, New Zealand rode on Ross Taylor’s unbeaten 84-ball 109 and significant contributions from Henry Nicholls (78 off 82 balls) and Tom Latham (69 off 48 balls) to overhaul the target with 11 balls to spare.
Auckland will host the second ODI on Saturday (February 8).