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India cop another fine for slow over-rate against New Zealand
Over-rate Sanction

India cop another fine for slow over-rate against New Zealand

India have been fined once again for maintaining a slow over-rate after their bowlers were found to be short of the target in the fifth and final T20I against New Zealand on Sunday.

India were one over short after time allowances were taken into consideration, making it the second successive instance when they have been guilty of a slow over-rate in the series. As a result, the Rohit Sharma-led side have been fined 20% of their match fee.

Sharma stood in as skipper of India in the final game of the five-match series with regular captain Virat Kohli rested ahead of the ODI leg of the tour. However, Sharma injured his calf amidst his stellar batting effort during India's innings as wicketkeeper KL Rahul marshalled the troops in New Zealand's run-chase.

Match referee Chris Broad imposed the sanction on the Indian team in accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel.

Sharma accepted the charge, requiring no formal hearing for the proposed sanction. On-field umpires Chris Brown and Shaun Haig, and third umpire Ashley Mehrotra had levelled the charge initially.

Although India played with two spinners in the previous contest in Wellington as well, they were fined for slow over-rate - their first offence regarding this matter in over five years.