Team India has been fined 80% of their match fee for the slow over rate offence in the 1st ODI against New Zealand in Hamilton on Wednesday. On-field umpires Shaun Haig and Langton Rusere, third umpire Bruce Oxenford and fourth umpire Chris Brown levelled the charges according to Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel.
Article 2.22 relates to minimum over-rate offences. According to this article, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time.
India were found guilty of slow over rate for the third successive time in a row. In the 4th and 5th T20I also India did not manage to bowl their quota of overs in the given time conceding 20% and 40% of match fee respectively on both occasion. Indian Captain Virat Kohli accepted the charges levelled by ICC so there was no need for a formal hearing.
On Wednesday, India suffered their first loss in this ongoing tour of New Zealand. In the first ODI of three match series, New Zealand batsman chased down a record total of 347 rather convincingly with 11 balls to spare and 4 wickets in the hand. Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls and Tom Latham played crucial innings to chase down the mammoth target. Ross Taylor hit his 21st ODI century and remained unbeaten to see the team through. Taylor was well supported by opener Henry Nicholls and stand in captain Tom Latham. Both Nicholls and Latham made contrasting half-centuries to power the chase.
Earlier, asked to bat first, Team India opened with the debutant duo of PrithviShaw and Mayank Agarwal. The duo looked at ease during their opening stand of 50 runs and showed good grit and patience in the swinging conditions. However, just after the 50 run stand both of them departed in quick succession.
After that India’s no.4 Shreyas Iyer joined forces with first Indian Captain Virat Kohli and then KL Rahul to thrash New Zealand bowlers all over the park. The Mumbai batsman went on to hit his maiden century in the ODIs scoring quick-fire 103 off 107 balls. KL Rahul and Virat Kohli made useful contributions with their half-centuries as India posted a total of 347-4 in their allotted quota of 50 overs.