South Africa fined for slow over-rate in first ODI against Pakistan

South Africa is fined 20 percent of its match fee for a slow over-rate during the first ODI in Centurion.

The South African team celebrates after the dismissal of Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman.   -  AP

South Africa has been fined 20 per cent of its match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate in the first ODI against Pakistan in Centurion. Andrew Pycroft of the ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction after South Africa was one over short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration.

“In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time,” the ICC said in a communique.

South Africa skipper Temba Bavuma pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing. Umpires Marais Erasmus, Adrian Holdstock, Allahudien Paleker and Bongani Jele leveled the charge.

Pakistan had won the first ODI by three wickets against South Africa.