Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Colombo, 4th day April 6, 2012

Dilshan fined for excessive appealing

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tillakaratne Dilshan has been fined 10% of his match fee for excessive appealing during the third day of the second Test against England at the P Sara Oval in Colombo.

The incident which brought the charge occurred at 88.2 overs, when Dilshan appealed for a bat-pad catch at short leg against Jonathan Trott. The ICC statement said Dilshan ran through in celebration before a decision was given, then turned around and appealed repeatedly.

Dilshan was charged with a Level 1 offence, contrary to clause 2.1.5 which covers "excessive appealing and excessive shall include a) repeated appeal of the same decision/appeal and b) celebrating a dismissal before the decision has been given."

He pleaded guilty to the offence and Javagal Srinath, the match referee, said: "Dilshan accepted the charge and the penalty imposed without qualms and so there was no need for a formal hearing."

Dilshan was often at the centre of the action on the third day and was bowling the over during which Kevin Pietersen was given an official warning for preparing to play the switch hit before the bowler was in his delivery stride. Dilshan twice aborted a delivery when he saw Pietersen changing his grip before the warning was given to the batsman.

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  • John on April 6, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    @pradeep_dealwis on (April 06 2012, 15:09 PM GMT) Yeah , think I do remember it. That was the series where SL had about 1000 good appeals turned down and every single SL wicket was unwarranted.In the 2002 tour , I'm not sure. I think you're playing the bad umpiring down and SL would have won that one too. Probably by whitewash too and they'd probably have got this match wrapped up too had it not been for the umpiring horrors which don't even themselves out either. Thanks for bringing this to our attention

  • John on April 6, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    @randikaayya on (April 06 2012, 10:19 AM GMT) Was unfortunate for him. I was really sad for him after the character he showed an accepting KP was doing a number and the fact the he just got on with the bowling. Awww poor Dilshan.

  • John on April 6, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    @nimal183 on (April 06 2012, 14:54 PM GMT) If it wasn't the umpires call he would have been not out. Cook was given out in the 1st test caught behind and while there was no clear evidence that he hit it there was no clear evidence to support his case. At least it's consistent to both sides.

  • John on April 6, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    @whyowhy on (April 06 2012, 14:55 PM GMT) A bit excessive there.

  • John on April 6, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    pradeep_dealwis on (April 06 2012, 15:09 PM GMT) Feel better for getting that off your chest again?

  • Pradeep on April 6, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Another SL Vs Eng series tainted by umpiring controversy. Remember Eng won the 2001 series in SL because of the umpiring. Both sides got it bad but it was AT LEAST 2:1 in favour of Eng, maybe more. And the following tour of Eng was bad for SL as well, horrid umpiring in 2002. Though Eng would have won that series anyways, but not that easily.

  • Rusty on April 6, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Not fined, he should be suspended for a couple of matches, he is a real showman - not only does he appeal excessively at the same time he tries to damage the wicket, the umpires have to watch him very carefully as he is capable of anything. As for the stupid comments from the Lankans, there are none so blind as those who will not see....................

  • Nimal on April 6, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    I think dilshan is unlucky with his bat bad decision... If there is no conclusive evidence to show that he did not nick the ball ..benefit of the doubt should go to batsman's favour.. How come they can stand with on field umpires's decision when they are not 100% sure. In this case the right decision was not made!!

  • Randolph on April 6, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    How poor a commentator is Sanath? Did anyone else hear Atherton explaining the review system to him off-air, appalling.

  • Raja on April 6, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    Dilli inspired from Sanga..

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