Team India has been fined 60 percent of their match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate in the first ODI against New Zealand on Wednesday. The hosts beat the Kiwis by 12 runs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The Rohit Sharma-led team was adjudged three overs short of their target by the ICC’s elite panel of match referees. Javagal Srinath. India captain Rohit accepted the blame and accepted the proposed ban.
“Pursuant to Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which deals with minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fee for each over they fail to bowl at the stipulated time,” the ICC said in a statement.
“On-field umpires Anil Chaudhary and Nitin Menon, third umpire KN Ananthapadmanabhan and fourth umpire Jayaraman Madangopal upheld the charge,” the statement added.
In the first ODI, Shubman Gill scored 208 off 149 balls and became the youngest batsman to score a double century in ODI cricket.
He scored an innings of 149 balls with 19 fours and nine sixes to help India post a mammoth score of 349-8.
Rohit was first out for 34 and Virat Kohli was soon bowled by Santner for just eight.
Ishan Kishan, who scored 210 against Bangladesh last month, was removed cheaply by Lockie Ferguson but Gill received timely support from Suryakumar Yadav (31) and Hardik Pandya (28).
He hit three consecutive sixes off Ferguson before being dismissed at deep mid-wicket in the last over to bring up his double century.
In reply, Finn Allen scored 40 at the top of the order but New Zealand suffered a heavy defeat after Siraj removed Latham for the sixth wicket.
Bracewell was then joined by left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner, who scored 57 off 45 balls as part of a brilliant 162-run partnership before falling to Siraj.
Bracewell hit 12 fours and 10 sixes but lost as Siraj preferred the Indian bowlers with figures of 4-46.
(with AFP input)
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