Hambantota, Jul 22: India captain MS Dhoni and his team have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during their 21-run victory against Sri Lanka in the first One Day International at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium on Saturday night.
The India side were ruled to be an over short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration. As such, Chris Broad of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed a 20 per cent fine on Dhoni while each of his player received 10 per cent fines, a media release from International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Sunday.
The offence is contrary to Article 2.5.1 of the code which relates to minor over-rate offences and reads: reads: "where the actual over rate in any Test Match or any other International Match of at least four days in duration is up to (and including) five overs short of the Minimum Over Rate, or, in any One Day International Match, Twenty20 International Match or any other International Match of fifty (50) or twenty (20) overs per side up to (and including) two overs short of the Minimum Over Rate, such an offence shall be considered a 'Minor Over Rate Offence'."
Earlier, this year, in Australia, Dhoni was handed a one-match suspension for slow over-rate offence. Prior to this, he was banned from Adelaide Test for same offence, also this year.
The finding and penalty were imposed following a full disciplinary hearing.