Du Plessis hit with fine for slow over-rate


South Africa have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate in the second Test against India which concluded at Centurion on Wednesday.

The Proteas won the Test by 135 runs after bowling India out for 151 on the fifth day.

Chris Broad of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fine after Faf du Plessis’s side was ruled to be two overs short of their target when time allowances were taken into consideration.

In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.

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As such Du Plessis has been fined 40 per cent of his match fee while his players have received 20 per cent fines.

If South Africa commit another minor over-rate breach in a Test within 12 months of this offence with Du Plessis as captain, it will be deemed a second offence by the skipper and he will face a suspension.

Du Plessis pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.

The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Michael Gough and Paul Reiffel, third umpire Richard Kettleborough and fourth umpire Allahudien Palekar.