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.