Virat Kohli’s India fined 20 per cent of match fee for slow over rate

The Indian cricket team’s players have been fined 20 per cent of their match fee for a slow over rate during Friday’s ODI at the SCG.

Although teams are allocated three-and-a-half hours to complete 50 overs in the field, Virat Kohli’s side required more than four hours.

The ICC confirmed Kohli had pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the sanction, which was imposed by match referee David Boon.

“Boon imposed the sanction after Virat Kohli’s side was ruled to be one over short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration,” the ICC said in a statement.

“On-field umpires Rod Tucker and Sam Nogajski, TV umpire Paul Reiffel and fourth umpire Gerard Abood levelled the charge.”

Virat Kohli during the wicket of Australia's David Warner.
Camera IconVirat Kohli during the wicket of Australia’s David Warner. Credit: News Corp Australia

Friday’s ODI was scheduled to conclude at 10:10pm local time, but the final ball was eventually delivered at 11:09pm, eight-and-a-half hours after the game got underway.

Although pitch invaders briefly delayed proceedings in the afternoon, their five-minute escapade did not excuse India’s poor over rate.

Australian spin bowler Zampa acknowledged Friday’s late finish was not the best look for the game, but assured reporters both teams would do better during Sunday’s ODI at the same venue.

“I don’t know what the ruling should be or if there should be a punishment but something definitely has to be done about it,” Zampa said.

“It will definitely improve. And hopefully after getting those cobwebs out and getting those miles in the legs you’ll see some more intensity in the next two games.

“It does take a long while to get back in the swing of things, particularly in ODI cricket … if you haven’t played for a while the intensity isn’t quite there I think.”

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