Sri Lanka Fined 40% Of Match Fees For Slow Over-Rate
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Sri Lanka Fined 40% Of Match Fees For Slow Over-Rate

Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Dimuth Karunaratne take a run. (Photo: AFP)
Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Dimuth Karunaratne take a run. (Photo: AFP)
Sri Lanka has been fined 40 per cent of their match fees for maintaining a slow over-rate against the West Indies in the third ODI in Antigua on Sunday.

Richie Richardson of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction after Dimuth Karunaratne’s side was found to be two overs short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration.

Sri Lanka Celebrating A Wicket Getty Images
Sri Lanka Celebrating A Wicket Getty Images

Sri Lanka Will Lose 2 Points From Their Points Tally As The Team Were 2 Overs Short During The Super League

According to the 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. In addition, as per Article 12.9.1 of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League Playing Conditions, a side is penalised one point for each over short. Consequently, Sri Lanka will lose two points from their points tally during the Super League.

WI vs SL: Dimuth Karunaratne
WI vs SL: Dimuth Karunaratne Insidesport

Dimuth Karunaratne pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.

Sri Lanka All Rounder Danushka Gunathilaka Reprimanded For Inappropriate Language Towards Nicholas Pooran Upon His Dismissal

Sri Lanka all-rounder Danushka Gunathilaka was reprimanded for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the same match.  Danushka Gunathilaka was found to have breached Article 2.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal during an International Match.”

Sri Lanka Fined For Slow Over-rate In Third ODI Against West Indies
Sri Lanka was penalised one point for each over short. Courtesy: Twitter (@ICC)

In addition to this, one demerit point was added to his disciplinary record as it was the first offence in a period of 24 months. The incident occurred in the 35th over of the West Indies innings, when he used inappropriate language towards Nicholas Pooran upon his dismissal.

He admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by the match referee so there was no need for a formal hearing. On-field umpires Joel Wilson and Leslie Reifer, third umpire Gregory Brathwaite and fourth umpire Nigel Duguid levelled the charges.

A brilliant century from Shai Hope – his tenth in ODI cricket – led West Indies to a crushing eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first ODI in Antigua. In the 2nd ODI, some late hitting from Nicholas Pooran ensured that the platform laid by the opening pair of Shai Hope and Evin Lewis – who put on a record 192-run opening stand – was not wasted.

In the 3rd ODI, Darren Bravo’s first century in nearly five years, along with the fifties from Shai Hope and Kieron Pollard, meant Wanindu Hasaranga’s rearguard 80 not out would ultimately be in vain, as West Indies hunted down their target with five wickets to spare, to sweep the three-match ODI series 3-0.

The result not only extended Sri Lanka’s losing streak against West Indies in ODIs to six games but also means they remain rooted at the bottom of the World Cup Super League, yet to register any points.