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Indian players fined for slow over-rate in first ODI against Australia
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Indian players fined for slow over-rate in first ODI against Australia

The Indian team has been slapped with a 20% fine of their match fees after being found guilty of taking more than the allotted time to finish their overs in the first ODI against Australia.

Virat Kohli's men were observed to be one over short of their target after time allowances were taken into consideration and have been accordingly penalised by match referee David Boon.

The sanction was imposed in line with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to over-rate offences. Players are supposed to be fined 20% of their match fees for each over bowled short in the stipulated time period.

On-field umpires Rod Tucker and Sam Nogajski, TV umpire Paul Reiffel and fourth umpire Gerard Abood had levelled the charge on the tourists.

India skipper Kohli pleaded guilty to the offence, requiring no need for a formal hearing to decide the matter.

The visitors' slow over-rate was criticised by many with fans in the stadium visibly disappointed by the contest moving at a snail's pace.

Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra and Aussie spin legend Shane Warne had lambasted both oppositions for taking 'forever' to bowl their overs.

India lost the ODI series opener by a significant margin of 66 runs after terrific centuries from Steve Smith and Aaron Finch led Australia to a mammoth total of 374/6.