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August 18, 2014
MS Dhoni and India have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during the Oval Test. Dhoni has been fined 60% of his match fee, and the rest of his team 30%, after they were ruled to be three overs short when time allowances were taken into consideration. If Dhoni is found guilty of another such offence in Tests over the next 12 months, he will receive a one-match suspension.
The ICC code of conduct stipulates that the team's captain should be fined 10% of his match fee for every over the side fails to bowl, double what other players in the XI lose.
Dhoni has got into trouble for over-rate breaches playing away from home in the past. During the 2012 tour of Australia, he was suspended from taking part in the fourth Test in Adelaide due to a slow over-rate in the previous Test in Perth. He had been on notice after India were found short in Barbados in June-July 2011. He had also been docked 60% of his match fee after the Cape Town Test against South Africa in 2011.
India bowled 116.3 overs - 95 of them by seamers - in 535 minutes in the Oval Test during which England went on to score 486 runs, which was enough for them to register an innings and 244 runs win.
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