After the Hamilton ODI defeat, the visitors India faced a hefty fine for slow over-rate offence in that match. It was the third straight international match for India to face the slow over-rate fine.
On Wednesday (5th February), the hosts New Zealand and the visitors India played the first game of the three-match ODI series at Seddon Park (Hamilton). In that match, the visitors batted first after losing the toss and set the target of 348 runs for the hosts (347/4 in 50 overs).
The Black Caps reached the target in 48.1 overs after losing six wickets (348/6). With that victory, the hosts have taken the 1-0 victory in this series with two to go.
The Indian team were four overs short from the target:
After that match, the match referee Chris Broad has imposed the fine of 80 per cent match fee on the Indian players as they were four overs short from the target (after considering the time allowances).
This fine has been recorded according to Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences.
It claims, “players are fined 20 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time.”
The match umpires Shaun Haig (on-field), Langton Rusere (on-field) and Bruce Oxenford (TV umpire) have levelled the charges against the Indian team.
Indian captain Virat Kohli pleaded guilty to the offence and also accepted the proposed sanction. So, there is no requirement for a formal hearing on this matter.
Before this ODI series, the Men in Blue played five T20Is in this ongoing tour in New Zealand which they won by the 5-0 margin. The visiting side faced the slow over-rate offence charges in the last two games of that series.
At the end of the fourth T20I at Wellington, Kohli-led India faced the fine of 40% match fee for falling two overs short from the target.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma-led India were one over short from the target in the next match at Mount Maunganui and faced 20% fine of their match fee.