Sri Lanka team charged for slow over rate in 1st T20I against New Zealand
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Sri Lanka Players Charged For Slow Over Rate In First T20I Against New Zealand

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Sri Lanka national cricket team (Image Credit: Google)

Sri Lanka team is fined for slow over-rate in the first T20I match against New Zealand. All 11 Sri Lankan players are fined 40% of their fees as Sri Lanka team was two over short from their target.

Sri Lanka played its first T20I against New Zealand on Sunday (1st September) at Pallekele. Newzealand won that match by five Wickets.

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In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, all players are fined 20 per cent of their match fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time.

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Lasith Malinga (Image Credit: Google)

Andy Pycroft, the ICC Elite Panel of Match Referee, charged the Sri Lankan players. On-field umpires Raveendra Wimalasiri and Prageeth Rambukwella, third umpire Lyndon Hannibal and fourth umpire Ranmore Martinez levelled the charge.

Lasith Malinga, Captain of the Sri Lanka team in T20I, has accepted the charge and took the responsibility. So there is no need for a formal hearing, ICC said.

On Sunday, the host gave a target of 175 runs to New Zealand. New Zealand easily chased that target with the contributions of Ross Taylor and Colin De Grandhomme. Ross Taylor was the player of the match. The Sri Lanka captain, Lasith Malinga took two wickets in that game and became the most wicket-taker in T20I history.

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In the three-match T20I series, New Zealand is with the lead of 1-0. Second T20I will be played on 3rd September at Pallekele.