South Africa fined for slow over-rate in second ODI against India

South Africa

South Africa have been fined 20 per cent of their match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate against India in the second ODI in Paarl on Friday.

Andy Pycroft of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction after Temba Bavuma’s side was ruled to be one over short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration.

In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time.

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

On-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Adrien Holdstock, third umpire Bongani Jele and fourth umpire Allauhudien Palekar levelled the charge.

India skipper KL Rahul gave credit to the Proteas for their series victory after the match.

“They are playing some really good cricket at home and we are making mistakes as well in the middle,” Rahul said.

“Good learning for us.

“Obviously not great to be on the losing side two games in a row. (Changes to your side?) Not with individuals but we’re trying to get better at things we haven’t done well in the past.

“I spoke about partnerships earlier. The middle order is crucial going into a big tournament. We want to get wickets in the middle, create pressure.

“Yes it does feel like one of the wickets at home. I don’t think it was a pitch they could have chased down 280 that easily but credit to them, they batted well.

“They showed us the importance of partnerships and the importance of putting pressure early. (Positives) The way Virat and Shikhar batted in the first game.

“The way Rishabh batted today. Not easy to come in with two down. He’s a really important member of the team. Shardul has been hitting the ball well at the end and he’s showing us he can bat.

“Jasprit Bumrah is obviously phenonemenal. Continues to be the standout bowler of the team. I think the energy has been great, obviously it’s really hot.

“Not saying it as an excuse but we haven’t played 50 overs cricket in a long time. It’s been tough on the body, staying in the bubbles. It’s challenging, but I’m not saying we don’t love challenges.

“Look ahead to the third game and try to win that one. Maybe a few changes, may not be, I can’t say.”