India v Sri Lanka, 2nd Twenty20, Mohali December 14, 2009

Sri Lanka fined for slow over-rate

Cricinfo staff

Sri Lanka have been penalised for their slow over-rate during the second Twenty20 international against India in Mohali on Saturday. The ICC match referee Jeff Crowe said the team fell two overs short of its target at the end of the match after taking various stoppages into consideration.

The captain Kumar Sangakkara was fined 40% of his match fee while the rest of the team was docked 20% each. As per the new ICC Code of Conduct, if Sangakkara is found guilty of two further similar over-rate offences in Twenty20 internationals over the next 12 months, he will receive a one-match suspension.

Crowe said Sangakkara just escaped a much bigger penalty. "Kumar was kept informed throughout the match by the on-field umpires of where his team was with its over-rate," Crowe said. "Under the revised code of conduct, Sri Lanka was very close to being three overs behind and charged for a Serious Over Rate Offence which would have resulted in its captain being suspended in the next two ODIs."

India won the game by six wickets and squared the two-match series.