Mathews, SL fined for slow over-rate

Stand-in Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has been fined 20% of his match fee, for maintaining a slow over-rate in the final ODI against India in Pallekele. Match referee Chris Broad found Sri Lanka to be one over short, after taking allowances into consideration, and fined the rest of the team 10% of their fees.

According to the ICC code of conduct, players are fined 10% of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that. If Mathews is found guilty of one more minor over-rate offence in ODIs over the next 12 months, he will receive a one-match suspension.

Sri Lanka, who bowled first in Pallekele and went on to lose the match by 20 runs, had already lost the series and so rested their fulltime captain Mahela Jayawardene for the game. In his absence, vice-captain Mathews was in charge.

Earlier in the series, MS Dhoni and India had been fined for their slow over-rate in the first ODI in Hambantota.