India Penalised for Maintaining Slow Over-rate in Centurion Test

Fri Dec 29 2023
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DUBAI: In the initial Test match against South Africa at Centurion, India faced penalties due to a slow over-rate.

Rohit Sharma’s team incurred a deduction of two ICC World Test Championship points and a 10% fine on their match fee for falling short by two overs in their bowling quota. The sanction was imposed by Chris Broad, an official from the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees, citing a breach of Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct. This article specifies fines of 5% of the match fee for each over not bowled within the stipulated time.

As a consequence of this penalty, India’s standing in the championship took a hit. They initially held 16 points from three Tests, equating to a points percentage of 44.44. However, following the deduction, India slipped to the sixth position, lagging behind Australia with 14 points and a points percentage of 38.89. The defeat in the opening Test, where India succumbed by an innings and 32 runs, added to their challenges.

In the game, India posted 245 in their first innings, largely propelled by a resilient century from KL Rahul. Nevertheless, South Africa responded emphatically, led by Dean Elgar’s splendid 185. Noteworthy contributions from David Bedingham (56) and Marco Jansen (84) saw the hosts amass a formidable total of 408 in their first innings. India faced struggles in their second innings, being dismissed for 131, with Virat Kohli emerging as the top scorer with 76 runs to his name.

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