Like the previous T20I, the Indian team once again faced fine for the slow over-rate offence during the Mount Maunganui T20I against the hosts New Zealand.
They played that game on last Sunday (2nd February) night at Bay Oval (Mount Maunganui). It was the fifth and final game of that T20I series. After winning the toss, Rohit Sharma-led India decided to bat first against Tim Southee-led New Zealand. While the visitors managed to score 163/3 (20 overs) in the first innings, the hosts replied with 156/9 (20 overs), and the Men in Blue won that match by seven runs.
At the end of that game, the visitors were one over short from the target after considering the time allowances. The match referee Chris Broad has imposed the fine of 20 per cent match fees on the Indian players.
The match referee announced that fine 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 that the 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 Chris Brown (on-field), Shaun Haig (on-field) and Ashley Mehrotra (TV umpire) have levelled the charges against the visiting team.
The stand-in Indian captain Rohit Sharma accepted the proposed sanction after pleading guilty to the offence. So, no formal hearing is required on this matter.
An important point of this match was KL Rahul led the visiting team in the entire second innings of that match in the absence of injured Rohit Sharma.
Indian players were fined for the same offence during Wellington T20I
It was the second consecutive T20Is where the Indian team faced fine for the slow over-rate offence. In the previous game at Wellington T20I, Virat Kohli-led India were two overs short from the target, and the visiting players faced the fine of 40% of their match fees.
The visitors India won this five-match T20I series by the 5-0 margin. The third and fourth games of this series had the tie results, and the visiting side won both those Super Overs.
Now, New Zealand and India are preparing for the three-match ODI series that will run from 5th February to 11th February. The visitors will end this tour with the two-match Test series in early March.