Sam Curran
Sam Curran celebrating after dismissing Temba Bavuma (Credits: Twitter)

Sam Curran, the England all-rounder has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee and handed a demerit point for “excessively celebrating” his dismissal of South African captain Temba Bavuma in the second one-day international on Sunday. The penalty was announced by the International Cricket Council on Tuesday.

The teams meet in the third and final match of the World Cup Super League series in Kimberley on Wednesday. Temba Bavuma made 109 as South Africa took a decisive 2-0 series lead in Bloemfontein before scooping a ball from Sam Curran into his stumps.

Temba Bavuma. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Temba Bavuma. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

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Sam Curran Was Found To Have Committed a Level 1 Offence And Was Fined 15% Of The Match Fee And Handed 1 Demerit Point

Sam Curran ran down the pitch and got close to Temba Bavuma as he celebrated the wicket. Match referee Jeff Crowe of New Zealand fined Sam Curran following a report by the umpires. Sam Curran admitted the offence and there was no need for a formal hearing.

According to the ICC, Sam Curran was found to have committed a level one offence of the ICC code of conduct when he “excessively celebrated towards and in close proximity to the dismissed batter, being an action which had the potential to provoke an aggressive reaction from Temba Bavuma”.

England's Sam Curran celebrates winning the T20 World Cup with the trophy. Credit: AAP Photo
England’s Sam Curran celebrates winning the T20 World Cup with the trophy. Credit: AAP Photo

If a player accumulates four or more demerit points within a 24-month period he faces a ban. It was Sam Curran’s first offence within the time period. England star Sam Curran is facing flak on social media for his over-the-top celebration after dismissing Temba Bavuma in the second ODI against South Africa on Sunday (January 29).

Temba Bavuma’s Century And David Miller’s Fifty See Proteas Win 2nd ODI And Clinch Series

Riding on Temba Bavuma’s century, South Africa beat England by 5 wickets to clinch the three-match series with one game to play. Asked to bat first, England were off to a poor start and were reeling at 82 for 3 at one stage. However, the fifties from Harry Brook, captain Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali helped them post a big total of 342 for 7 in the allotted 50 overs.

In reply, South Africa chased down the total with five balls remaining. Captain Temba Bavuma led from the very front and laid the foundation for the chase with a fine 90-ball century. Towards the end, David Miller anchored the chase by scoring an unbeaten 58 off just 37 balls.

Rassie van der Dussen (38), Aiden Markram (49) and Marco Jansen (32*) also played useful supporting roles as South Africa registered a series-clinching win in Bloemfontein.

David Miller © Gallo Images
David Miller © Gallo Images

Temba Bavuma’s fine knock came to an end when he was castled by Sam Curran in the 28th over. The right-handed batsman shuffled across to play the ramp shot against a ball that was full outside off. While Temba Bavuma managed to get the bat onto the ball, he could only direct it to the stumps. And as soon as the ball hit the stumps, Sam Curran came up with a wild celebration.

2nd ODI: South Africa 347 for 5 (Bavuma 109, Miller 58*) beat England 342 for 7 (Buttler 94*, Brook 80, Moeen 51) by five wickets

Sam Curran’s Player of the Final performance against Pakistan capped a superb T20 World Cup 2022 for the 24-year-old left-arm pacer, earning him the ICC’s Player of the Tournament award.

Having missed the 2021 edition through injury, Sam Curran stepped up to play a big part in England’s run to the trophy, emerging as a key bowler in the death overs and a useful wicket-taker for Jos Buttler’s side. Sam Curran finished the World Cup with 13 wickets to his name, second only to Wanindu Hasaranga of Sri Lanka.