Tamim Iqbal-led Bangladesh have faced fine for slow over-rate offence during the first ODI of the ongoing three-match ODI series against the hosts Sri Lanka.
On Friday (26th July), the visiting side Bangladesh suffered a 91-run defeat against Sri Lanka at Colombo (RPS). In that series-opening ODI, Sri Lanka batted first and scored 314/8 (50 overs), thanks to the wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera‘s century knock (111 runs).
After that match, the match officials revealed that Bangladesh fell two overs short of the target after considering all the time allowances.
This offence comes under Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences. As per this rules, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.
Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal received the 40 per cent fine
So, the Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal has faced 40% fine of his match fees. Meanwhile, the other Bangladesh players have faced 20% fine of their match fees.
Both the on-field umpires Nitin Menon and Raveendra Wilamasari, and the third umpire Marais Erasmus levelled this charge. Match referee Chris Broad set the fine against the Bangladesh players.
Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal pleaded guilty for that and accepted the proposed sanction. So, no other formal hearing needs for this.
Lasith Malinga played his last ODI
It was also the last ODI of the Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga. Chasing down the 315 runs target, Bangladesh were all out on just 223 runs (41.4 overs). Apart from Mushfiqur Rahim (67 runs) and Sabbir Rahman (60 runs), no other visiting batsmen crossed the 20-run marks.
Malinga was the best bowler of that match as he had the bowling figures of 9.4-2-38-3. Also, Nuwan Pradeep (3/51) picked up three wickets in that game.
Lasith Malinga finished his ODI career with 338 wickets in 226 matches.
Malinga-less Sri Lanka will play the second ODI match of this series on 28th July at the same venue.