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Kohli docked 25 percent of match fee for excessive appealing

Virat Kohli has been charged for "excessive appealing" during his team's close victory over Afghanistan at the Rose Bowl and thus slapped with a fine of 25 percent of his match fee, the International Cricket Council declared on Sunday.

The Indian captain has additionally received a demerit point for the incident involving Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar in the 29th over of the Afghanistan innings.

Kohli was found guilty for breaching Level 1 of the ICC code of conduct for engaging in an animated argument with Dar at a decision going against his side as India claimed a tense 11-run win against bottom-ranked Afghanistan on Saturday.

The star batsman's actions were interpreted to be contrary to the clause concerning "excessive appealing during an international match".

There was no need for a formal hearing as Kohli admitted the offence and accepted the sanction imposed on him by match referee Chris Broad.

More demerit points in the future could lead to Kohli being banned for a game, a scenario India cannot afford during the latter stages of the World Cup.

Mohammed Shami's hat-trick in the final over of the game sealed the victory for India as the minnows Afghanistan looked well on course for pulling off the biggest upset of the tournament.