Indian National Cricket Team has been fined for the slow over-rate offence during the Wellington T20I against New Zealand, where the visitors won the Super Over thriller.
It was the fourth game of the five-match T20I series between the hosts New Zealand and the visitors India at Westpac Stadium (Wellington) on Friday (31st January). After the hosts restricted the Indian team to 165/8 (20 overs), they also replied with 165/7 (20 overs).
In the Super Over, New Zealand scored 13/1, and the Indian team reached the target on the fifth ball (16/1). With that victory, India have taken the 4-0 lead in this series with one to go.
The Indian team were two overs short from the target:
After considering the time duration, Kohli-led Indian team was two overs short from the target. So, the match referee Chris Broad has imposed the fine of 40 per cent on Indian players.
ICC stated in the press 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 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 team.
Indian captain Kohli accepted the proposed sanction after pleading guilty to the offence. So, there is no requirement for a formal hearing on this matter.
Earlier, India also won the first three matches of this T20I series. The visitors clinched comfortable victories in the first two matches at Eden Park (Auckland) by six and seven wickets respectively. They played the third game of this series at Seddon Park (Hamilton) which was also a tie match and the Men in Blue won the Super Over.
On Sunday (2nd February), New Zealand and India will play the last game of this five-match T20I series at the Bay Oval (Mount Maunganui).