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Ganguly warned for running on pitch, loses two runs

Published: Thursday, October 9, 2003, 23:31 [IST]
 
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Ahmedabad: Indian captain Sourav Ganguly was on Thursday warned twice by the umpires for running on the pitch during his unbeaten 100 in the first cricket Test against New Zealand in Ahmedabad. Ganguly, who made exactly 100 in India's first innings score of 500 for five declared, was also penalised two runs for his act. England's David Shepherd reprimanded the Indian captain for running on the pitch while taking a single during the post-lunch session on the second day on Thursday.

Ganguly, was came to the wicket at the fall of V V S Laxman, was also cautioned by Rudy Koertzen in the final session of play for a similar offence. The umpire also disallowed two runs taken during the infringement. The International Cricket Council rules treats running on the pitch as unfair play and it specifies that runs from a second infringement could be deducted from the batsman's score. A third warning attracts a penalty of five runs and the batsman being reported to the match referee.

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