Wednesday, February 20, 2008


India and Sri Lanka have been fined for their slow over rates in Tuesday's Commonwealth Bank Series game in Adelaide.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was fined 10% of his match fee and his players 5% after they were found to be one over short of their target.

And with Sri Lanka deemed to be two overs short, skipper Mahela Jayawardene incurred a 20% fine and his players 10%.

Jeff Crowe of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees said: "The over rates for all teams in this series so far have been pedestrian at times with teams failing to complete their full quota of overs in the stipulated time on several occasions.

"Allowances and early finishes have meant players have been fortunate to escape fines in previous matches and this is an area that all the sides need to give further attention to and improve upon.

"I will also talk to all the teams in the series before their next matches to remind them of their responsibilities."

ICC regulations state players are fined 5% of their match fees for every over not bowled inside the allotted time and the captain double that amount.

India won the game by two wickets and are second in the standings of the three-team tournament, which are headed by Australia.

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