West Indies cop 40% fine for slow over rate

Adding in­sult to injury, West Indies were fined 40 per cent of their match fee for maintaining a slow over rate in their one-wicket loss to hosts Sri Lanka in the ODI series opener in Colombo on Saturday, reports Cricbuzz.

Match referee Javagal Srinath imposed the sanctions after Kieron Pollard's side was ruled two overs short of target when the time allowances were taken into consideration.

On-field umpires Paul Wilson and Ruchira Palliyaguruge, third umpire Marais Erasmus and fourth official Lyndon Hannibal levelled the charges. Pollard accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.

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.

Sri Lanka made a strong comeback with the bat in the chase to take a 1-0 lead in the series with a thrilling win. The second ODI of the three-match series will be played in Hambantota on Wednesday.