India have been fined 20 percent of their match fee for maintaining slow over-rate during the 3rd T20I of the recently-concluded 3-match series agianst Australia in Sydney on Tuesday. The International Cricket Council said Virat Kohli pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, ruling out the need for a formal hearing.
This is the 2nd time in 6 matches India have been slapped with a fine for slow over-rate. Virat Kohli’s men were handed a similar sanction during the first ODI in Sydney after the 50-over game extended to 8 hours. India had struggled to keep up the over rate so much so that the authorities at the Sydney Cricket Ground switched off stadium sound to avoid breaking local laws during the ODI.
“David Boon of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction after India was one over short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration,” the ICC said in a statement. “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.”
India failed to complete a 3-0 sweep of Australia in the T20I series as they lost the series finale by 12 runs in Sydney on Tuesday. A 61-ball 85 from captain Virat Kohli was not enough as India fell short of the 187-run target.
Having come back strong from the ODI series defeat to take the T20I series, India will be looking to begin the Test series well. Virat Kohli will lead in the day-night Test in Adelaide, starting December 17 but the skipper will head home after the series opener on paternity leave. Rohit Sharma will be unavailable for the first 2 Tests but the opener is likely to join the squad ahead of the 3rd Test in Sydney, starting January 7.
India will play a 3-day practice game with the pink-ball at the SCG from December 11 as they prepare for the much-anticipated 4-Test series.