Team India have been fined 80 per cent of their match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate against New Zealand in the first One Day International in Hamilton on Wednesday. Chris Broad of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction after Virat Kohli’s side was ruled to be four overs short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration. Kohli pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction.
On-field umpires Shaun Haig and Langton Rusere, third umpire Bruce Oxenford and fourth umpire Chris Brown levelled the charges. This is the third successive game on the tour that the visitors have been fined for not completing the overs in the allotted time. India were fined in the fourth and fifth T20I as well. Speaking about the match, riding on Ross Taylor’s 21st ODI century the hosts to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Despite posting a mammoth total of 347 runs, the Men in Blue lost the game by four wickets. For India, Shreyas Iyer scored his maiden international ton batting at four. Virat Kohli and KL Rahul scored half-centuries with the latter remaining unbeaten on 88 off just 64 deliveries with three fours and six sixes.