India fined for slow over-rate in the first Test against South Africa
At the first Test against South Africa in Centurion, India was penalised 20% of their match cost for sustaining a sluggish over-rate.
The fine was handed by Andrew Pycroft of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees after India fell one over short of the objective when time allowances were taken into account.
Players are penalised 20% of their match costs for each over their team fails to bowl in the allocated time, according to Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which deals with minimum over-rate offences.
Furthermore, according to Article 16.11 of the ICC Men’s World Test Championship Playing Conditions, a team is docked one point for each over they fail to complete. As a result of this offence, India will lose one point from their total.
There was no need for a formal hearing because captain Virat Kohli pled guilty to the charge and accepted the recommended sentence.
The allegation was brought by umpires Marais Erasmus, Adrian Holdstock, Allahudien Paleker, and Bongani Jele.