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Du Plessis suspended for over-rate

Firdose Moonda

March 28, 2014

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Faf du Plessis on the attack, New Zealand v South Africa, World T20, Group 1, Chittagong, March 24, 2014
Faf du Plessis will sit out his second match of the group stages - this time due to a punishment © AFP
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Faf du Plessis will take no part in South Africa's final group stage match at the World T20, against England on Saturday, after he was suspended due to South Africa's slow over-rate against Netherlands.

It was their second sanction of the tournament. Du Plessis and the South African team were fined after their second group match against New Zealand in which they were deemed to be two overs short of the target. Du Plessis had to cough up 40% of his match fee with the rest of the team giving up 20% each and the captain was aware that if he used up too much time again, he would be forced to miss a match.

Against Netherlands, South Africa were found to be one overs behind the rate. South Africa defended totals on both occasions and used up time setting fields towards the end of the innings.

AB de Villiers will lead the team against England in his absence with the extra batsman in the squad, Farhaan Behardien will bat in the middle-order with JP Duminy likely to move up to du Plessis No.3 spot.

Du Plessis, who pleaded guilty, became the second player banned on Friday after Sri Lanka's captain Dinesh Chandimal was handed the same punishment for his team's over-rate against England. Meanwhile, England's captain Stuart Broad is flirting with the same - he was fined for a first offence and knows he is one more punishment away from a suspension.

This is not the first time South Africa have been without a first-choice captain for an over-rate offence. De Villiers was suspended for two ODIs in a series against New Zealand in early 2013.

De Villiers has had to step in twice during the group stage of the World T20. He led South Africa in their opener against Sri Lanka because du Plessis was nursing a hamstring injury. South Africa lost that match but won both the games that followed to leave them a victory away from a semi-final spot. If South Africa beat England on Saturday, they will be through to the final four.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by jmcilhinney on (March 29, 2014, 1:11 GMT)

People are criticising here for taking action against teams for low over rates and yet in the very recent past others have been screaming for action to be taken against teams with low over rates in Test matches. It seems that it's wrong not to punish and it's also wrong to punish. I don't see anyone offering a third option. If fines were to work then they would have to be steep enough to make a difference. A portion of a match fee wouldn't be enough deterrent when the stakes are whether or not you were going to be knocked out of a world tournament. They would have to the entire match fee plus more to make people take notice. In that case though, there'd be people whinging about that being too harsh.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

As an England fan I think this is ridicules, SA are being punished for their lack of spinners. The Netherlands Vs SA games was a great advert for cricket and no supporter would feel short changed. I realize the need to fit T20 cricket into a three hour block for commercial reasons but its shouldn't determine team selection.

On Stuart Board, If he isn't bowling his four overs (like the last game) then he isn't worth team selection. Keiswetter should come in and Morgan should captain they basically share the job due to injury now

Posted by rrww on (March 28, 2014, 18:15 GMT)

Well he is a somewhat clueless captain. Only thing is another clueless one will take his place. ABDV

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 17:46 GMT)

SA team..??? AMLA? what does he do in T20 ? Tsotsbe? What does he do in a pitch favors spinners. Funny SA team doesnt deserve to be in next stage. lol... Against netherlands .. No words to about teams effort. End of the topic hopeless...

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 28, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

Faf is a useless player and captain. This could be SA's lucky break. AB is a much better leader and player. So SA wouldn't be too disappointed at this decision. But the question is, who will take the place of Du Plessis ?

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 16:13 GMT)

Now a days Cricket has really becoming ridiculous bcoz of foolish rules,oh Common players are humans not some robots in the field. You need to look at situation first rather than giving punishments to players. Then why don't the ICC apply some rules to the umpires bcoz they're also will make mistakes sometimes by giving poor decisions

Posted by CurrentPresident on (March 28, 2014, 15:55 GMT)

In a T-20 limited overs match?? What's next - fining someone for bowling more overs?

Posted by AltafPatel on (March 28, 2014, 14:44 GMT)

Foolish rule.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

A change of England's captain will aid them. Broad is a poor captain and a worse bowler at T20 level. England's medium/fast bowlers regularly let them down by bowling far too many short pitched deliveries. Who ever thought Dernbach was an international level bowler needs psychiatric help. Things will only get worse at all levels the longer Giles has some input to the team.

Posted by GermanPlayer on (March 28, 2014, 14:17 GMT)

I liked Faf in the field with his commitment. AB does not seem any where near being a good captain :(

Posted by Lloydster on (March 28, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

SA are their own worst enemies, this is not the first time and they DO NOT learn from past errors, not only this over rate ruling but their whole mental attitude, batting ,bowling - nothing changes . Oh well England will put them out of their misery on Saturday for another early departure.

Posted by Bowlersholding on (March 28, 2014, 13:52 GMT)

Oh FFS!!! One over! What next.

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