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

Dhoni and India fined for slow over-rate

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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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  • SL_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?

  • Sanka_N 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.

  • 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...

  • screamingeagle 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

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

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

  • 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)

  • praveen4honestremark on July 23, 2012, 6:37 GMT

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

  • 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....

  • Fast_Track_Bully 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!

  • SL_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?

  • Sanka_N 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.

  • 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...

  • screamingeagle 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

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

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

  • 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)

  • praveen4honestremark on July 23, 2012, 6:37 GMT

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

  • 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....

  • Fast_Track_Bully 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!

  • sumit176 on July 23, 2012, 1:56 GMT

    hammad hanif@lol ...first read the rule book and then jump on bashing india...

  • SL_kamal on July 22, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    So Kulasekara should not have come to bat, allowing Dhoni to escape from the penalty. Is that what the writers of the article wanted to imply by adding the last paragraph about Kalasekara? Even if you know you are going to lose the match, any team would want to reduce the margin of defeat. What do you think the Indian team will prefer in this kind of a situation? Losing by 21 or losing by 37. I think you should talk about Dhoni's inability to captain the team to complete the 50 overs in the allocated time frame (which was proven over the years), rather than blaming the opposition for no good reason.

  • dilpickle.abey on July 22, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    Why is the captain always blamed? It's not always his fault. As Karthicklovelybear pointed out, there were way to many wides for India yesterday. I don't think Dhoni should bepunished for that.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 22, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    @idmjothi on (July 22 2012, 11:02 AM GMT)@Hammad Hanif on (July 22 2012, 12:30 PM GMT) These are rules for a player to be fined and for suspension:"At its meeting in June 2011 in Hong Kong, the ICC Executive Board had discussed the issue of slow over-rates and accepted the recommendation of the ICC Cricket Committee that a captain of an international side should be suspended for one match if his side is guilty of two minor over-rate offences in the same format over a 12-month period," the ICC said. (Source: http://www.espncricinfo.com/commonwealth-bank-series-2012/content/story/554422.html). Dhoni was suspended for 8th match: Ind vs Srilanka as there was slow over rate during 7th match. So Dhoni got banned on February 19, 2012. And after that it is only now he has freshly made an offence , so fined. If he will be cause of slow over rate again he will be banned from playing an ODI. I suggest people to read 'suspended in February part' in this column and it will clear your doubts.

  • vijay1054 on July 22, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    too harsh.. slow by one over and u get fined or get suspended for a match..

  • MeeraKrishna on July 22, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Misbah was suspended and Dhoni not because ICC rule says you will be let off with fine first 2 times and 3rd time you will be suspended that too there are different levels of breach depending on how many overs a team was short..

  • on July 22, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Well considering Dhoni plays all the formats and is the captain - wicket keeper, it becomes quite easy to "plan" his rest :)

  • on July 22, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Why Dhoni didnt get a Ban???? Misbah recently received one ODI Ban for the same offense!!! Proof of Double Standards by Mr. Chris Broad!!!!

  • on July 22, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Which is why Dravid should lead the team!

  • on July 22, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    hey but I was expecting Srilanka to be fined this time..the first innings is supposed to carry on till 6:00 pm IST, but it went on till around 6:30..not to mention that it even begun about 5 minutes before 2:30 pm IST..

  • idmjothi on July 22, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    SLOW OVER RATE.......Misbah suspended one test....Dhoni 20%.... what's the logic?

  • Karthicklovelybear on July 22, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Too Many Wides Our Bowlers Bowled yesterday It may also One of the reason For Slow Over Rate,i think SO...

  • on July 22, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Again?! this happens for to often with him. Deserves all he gets

  • Biren4u on July 22, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Give 5 overs to sehwag,10 to aswin n 10 to ojha..sehwag can finish his overs by just taking 2 steps..n still v again have time's problem..v plan so much at the ground tht consumes valuable time..coach n staff need to do somethng for this

  • on July 22, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Dhoni must be keep a check on the clock while his bowlers bowl out their quota of overs and make sure they keep up the pace with the time and also make sure that he doesnt repeat the same thing again to avoid getting a ban.. and congrats to dhoni & co for the win! Cheers! :)

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  • on July 22, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Dhoni must be keep a check on the clock while his bowlers bowl out their quota of overs and make sure they keep up the pace with the time and also make sure that he doesnt repeat the same thing again to avoid getting a ban.. and congrats to dhoni & co for the win! Cheers! :)

  • Biren4u on July 22, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Give 5 overs to sehwag,10 to aswin n 10 to ojha..sehwag can finish his overs by just taking 2 steps..n still v again have time's problem..v plan so much at the ground tht consumes valuable time..coach n staff need to do somethng for this

  • on July 22, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Again?! this happens for to often with him. Deserves all he gets

  • Karthicklovelybear on July 22, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Too Many Wides Our Bowlers Bowled yesterday It may also One of the reason For Slow Over Rate,i think SO...

  • idmjothi on July 22, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    SLOW OVER RATE.......Misbah suspended one test....Dhoni 20%.... what's the logic?

  • on July 22, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    hey but I was expecting Srilanka to be fined this time..the first innings is supposed to carry on till 6:00 pm IST, but it went on till around 6:30..not to mention that it even begun about 5 minutes before 2:30 pm IST..

  • on July 22, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Which is why Dravid should lead the team!

  • on July 22, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Why Dhoni didnt get a Ban???? Misbah recently received one ODI Ban for the same offense!!! Proof of Double Standards by Mr. Chris Broad!!!!

  • on July 22, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Well considering Dhoni plays all the formats and is the captain - wicket keeper, it becomes quite easy to "plan" his rest :)

  • MeeraKrishna on July 22, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Misbah was suspended and Dhoni not because ICC rule says you will be let off with fine first 2 times and 3rd time you will be suspended that too there are different levels of breach depending on how many overs a team was short..