Sri Lanka Cricket Team Penalized for Slow Over Rate After ODI World Cup 2023 Loss to South Africa

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Sri Lanka Cricket Team Penalized for Slow Over Rate After ODI World Cup 2023 Loss to South Africa

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Sri Lanka Penalized for Slow Over-Rate in ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Match Against South Africa

In a disappointing development for Sri Lanka, they have been fined 10 percent of their match fee due to a slow over-rate during their ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup match against South Africa. The penalty was imposed by Javagal Srinath, a member of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees, who found that Dasun Shanaka’s team fell two overs short of the required rate, even after accounting for time allowances.

This fine is in accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which specifically addresses minimum over-rate violations. As per this article, players are fined 5 percent of their match fees for each over that their team fails to bowl within the stipulated time.

In response to the charge, Dasun Shanaka admitted to the offense and agreed to the proposed penalty, thereby eliminating the need for a formal hearing. The charge itself was brought by on-field umpires Richard Illingworth and Shahid Saikat, with support from third umpire Michael Gough and fourth umpire Alex Wharf.

The match itself witnessed a stunning performance by South Africa’s Aiden Markram, who delivered the fastest century in men’s 50-overs World Cup history. South Africa secured a resounding 102-run victory over Sri Lanka, dominating the game from the outset. Arun Jaitley Stadium bore witness to a display of ruthless batting prowess as three of South Africa’s top four batsmen scored blazing centuries, propelling their team to an unprecedented tournament score of 428-5.

Quinton de Kock reached his hundred, while Rassie van der Dussen notched up a remarkable 108. However, it was Markram who stole the show with his explosive innings, scoring 106 off just 54 balls. Markram’s extraordinary performance earned him the well-deserved title of player of the match, surpassing the previous record set by Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien during the 2011 World Cup.

Despite a valiant effort by former champions Sri Lanka, they were ultimately dismissed for 326 in 44.5 overs. Kusal Mendis contributed 76 runs to the team’s total, while Charith Asalanka and Dasun Shanaka scored 79 and 68 respectively.

Sri Lanka’s slow over-rate and subsequent penalty serve as a reminder to teams of the importance of maintaining a proper pace during matches. As the World Cup progresses, it will be crucial for all teams to adhere to the time allowances and rules set by the ICC.

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