Under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, Team India received a hefty fine after their narrow win against New Zealand in the opening game of the three-match ODI series on Wednesday in Hyderabad. India had won the match by 12 runs as New Zealand to 337 runs in their 350-run chase, hence taking a 1-0 lead in the contest.
Team India has been penalized 60 percent of their match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate against New Zealand. The hosts fell short by three overs short of their target by Javagal Srinath, Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees. Teh match referee gave the verdict after considering all the time allowances.
According to Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, players are fined 20 percent of their match fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time.
Rohit Sharma has decided not to appeal against charges leveled by the two on-field umpires – Anil Chaudhary and Nitin Menon, third umpire K N Ananthapadmanabhan and fourth umpire Jayaraman Madanagopal. So, there was no need for a formal hearing.
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Talking about the match, Team India openers Rohit and Shubman Gill gave another flying start to the men in blue as they added 60 runs for the first wicket before the youngster single-handedly carried the team with his record knock of 208 off 149 balls. Gill became the fifth Indian batter to score a double century in ODIs and the youngest ever to reach the 200-run mark, surpassing Ishan Kishan, who had reached the milestone a month back.
However, New Zealand had threatened to chase down the target owing to the brilliant knock of 140 runs off 78 balls by Michael Bracewell before Shardul Thakur ended his stay with a stunning yorker in the final over the match. India and New Zealand will face each other for the second ODI match at Raipur on January 21.