Sri Lanka has been docked 20 percent of their match fee and one point from their tally in the ICC World Cup Super League for an over-rate offense in the second ODI against India in Colombo on Tuesday.
The news comes as an insult to injury after Dasun Shanaka-led Sri Lanka couldn’t close out the game against India. They were in a commanding position during India’s chase but let it slip away at a crucial juncture. Eventually, they lost the ODI by 3 wickets and the series was conceded as well.
ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle imposed the sanction after the Dasun Shanaka-led home side was found to be 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 offenses, players are fined 20 percent of their match fees for every over if their side fails to bowl in the allotted time,” the ICC said in a statement.
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Hence, in accordance with the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, the players have been slapped with the fine while the team has also been docked a point in accordance with the playing conditions of the ICC Men’s World Cup Super League.
Shanaka, who at one point was on course to lead his relatively inexperienced team to a big upset against India in that fixture, pleaded guilty to the over-rate offense and accepted the proposed sanctions.
”In addition, as per Article 16.12.2 of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League Playing Conditions, a side is penalized one point for each over short. Consequently, Sri Lanka will lose one point from their points tally during the Super League,” the governing body said.
On-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Lyndon Hannibal, third umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge and fourth umpire Prageeth Rambukwella leveled the charge.
After having India down to 193 for 7 in their chase of Sri Lanka’s 275/9, the home side failed to close out the fixture as Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar staged a thrilling, late heist to seal the ODI series. The teams now play the third and final 50-over ODI fixture for this series on Friday (July 23).
As India has already won the series, let’s see if the Indian squad led by Shikhar Dhawan, can conceal a 3-0 and make there stand up in the ICC ODI’s Points Table, or the Srilankan crew lead by Shanka makes it a bit less hurt for them by squeezing it to 2-1 for the series. Changes are important for the side of Srilankan’s and they have to show a bit more confidence over their players and boost them to perform well.
What will hurt the Lankan side more is the fact that they’ve lost one point in the World Cup Super League table as a result. They are already placed in the 12th position, only ahead of Zimbabwe by two points having played five games more. Since the introduction of the table, the Lankans have won just one game out of 11, and are currently outside the qualification race.
Each win is worth ten points, while a no-result fetches a team five points. Even Team India lost a point after violating the over-rate rule against Australia last year. Currently, England sits at the top of the table with 95 points from fifteen games, while Bangladesh is second with 80 points from 12 games. Only the top 8 eight teams secure qualification directly, while the rest play the qualifiers.