Australia fined for slow over rate in Brisbane T20I

Australia still lead the series 1-0 with one match to go.

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Australia have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate in the rain-affected first T20I against India at Gabba, Brisbane which they eventually won by four runs (DLS Method).

Jeff Crowe of the ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the fine after Aaron Finch‘s side was found to be one over short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration.  In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offenses, players are fined 10 percent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.

The charge was leveled by on-field umpires Simon Fry and Paul Wilson, third umpire Gerard Abood, and fourth umpire Shawn Craig. Captain Finch was fined 20 percent of his match fee, while the players were fined 10 percent. Also, if Australia is fined again in a T20I match within 12 months of this offense with Finch as captain, it will be deemed a second offense by Finch and he will face a suspension.

Finch pleaded guilty to the offence after the end of the match and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing. If Australia repeat the offence related to over-rate again within the next 12 months, Finch, as a captain, will be suspended.

What happened in the game?

Batting first, the Kangaroos scored 158/7 in 17 overs after the game was reduced to 17 overs per side due to rain. For the hosts, Glenn Maxwell was a star performer with the bat who hit 46 runs off 24 balls. He along with Marcus Stoinis (33 runs off 19 deliveries) added a quickfire 78 runs for the fourth wicket.

India, who got a revised target of 174, could only score 169/7 as the Australians produced a wonderful bowling performance thanks to a terrific by Adam Zampa who took two crucial wickets in his 4 overs while giving away only 22 runs. For the visitors, Shikhar Dhawan scored a gutsy 76 runs off 42 balls before getting out to Billy Stanlake in the 12th over.

The second T20I between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on November 23 was called off due to rain which means the hosts still leading the three-match series 1-0 with third and final T20I to be played at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25.

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