Sri Lanka v India, 1st ODI, Hambantota July 22, 2012

Dhoni and India fined for slow over-rate

ESPNcricinfo staff

MS Dhoni and India have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during their win in the first ODI against Sri Lanka in Hambantota. Dhoni has been fined 20% of his match fee, and the rest of his team 10%, after they were ruled to be an over short when time allowances were taken into consideration.

Dhoni has got into trouble for over-rate breaches in the past. In January this year, he was suspended from the Adelaide Test against Australia due a slow over-rate in the previous Test in Perth. Dhoni had also been on notice after India were found short in Barbados in June-July last year. His woes, aside from the team's poor form in Australia, didn't end there. He was again suspended in February, this time for an ODI, after India fell short by two overs in a game against Australia in the CB series.

The fine was imposed after a full disciplinary hearing with the match-referee Chris Broad.

Following a groin injury to Nuwan Kulasekara - who was ruled out of the series after yesterday's game - during the Indian innings, it was unclear for a while if he'd come out to bat during Sri Lanka's chase. Sri Lanka lost their ninth wicket in the 49th over of the chase, and Kulasekara then walked in at No.11 - though part of the lower order, Kulasekara, when fit, batted much higher. Sri Lanka batted out the remainder of the innings with Lasith Malinga blasting 19 off 10 deliveries, 16 of them in the final over from Umesh Yadav.

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  • kamal on July 24, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    Ok guys, SL has decided to be more kind and generous to Dhoni. So they have won the second ODI in less than 20 overs. This way Dhoni will never get into slow over rate problems with the help of the opposition. Let alone number 11, this time SL did not even sent number 4 to the middle. Happy with that?

  • Udara on July 24, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    @ Fast_Track_Bully,what can you say about provisos 2 banns.what happened to your team in second match.

  • Dummy4 on July 24, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Ha... now i understand why Mahela had sent Kulasekara at 11th position even if he cannot bat with his injured leg.... lol...

  • ajith on July 23, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    @Mihil Ranathunga : Remember, SL keeps losing. by 3 runs, by 30 overs, or 10 wickets. You keep losing. Period.

  • balachi on July 23, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    @Mihil Ranathunga : ha ha..... u mean slow over rate cause srilanka the match? ver funny. a loss is always a loss. no matter how it comes

  • Subash on July 23, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Obvious reason is that Dhoni has to use 10 bowlers as we have pathetic bowling unit.

  • Dummy4 on July 23, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    I think Dhoni does this purposefully. He does this always in high scoring a tight matches to break up the rythm of the opposing team. He did it before against SL and did it this time too. Dhoni knows if he let the things go in unfavourable way there's certainly defeat on the cards, because face it for a better opposition defending any number is quite a challenge for india. (Remember 413- SL lost only by 3 runs)

  • Praveen on July 23, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    @Nagappan Manoharan on (July 23 2012, 04:50 AM GMT)...Well said. Absolutely right. Spot on!!

  • Dummy4 on July 23, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    If this measure of time of play is that important, which makes any international side to either loose money or their captain for a single match ban...... Why cant this be displayed as like score on a screen visible to the public. This seems to be varying and decision seems some times un-digestable...... Request everyone to give their voice on this to make the game better....

  • Manesh on July 23, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    SL did that purposefully. Normally an injured bowler/last man will not bat in losing situation. But here SL purposefully did so to get Dhoni banned for at least one game so that that can hope for a win! cunning!

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