West Indies players fined 20% of their match fee for slow-over rate in 1st T20I against India

West Indies are hosting a five-match T20I series against India

The West Indies team has been fined 20% of their match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate in the first T20I against India in Trinidad on Friday.

West Indies has been fined 20% of the match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate in the first T20I against India in Trinidad on Friday, ICC confirmed in a media release.

Richie Richardson, the ICC Elite Panel of Match Referee imposed this sanction after West Indies were seen one over short from the target after the time allowance was taken into consideration.

“In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offenses, players are fined 20 percent of their match fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time,”

stated the official release.

The skipper Nicholas Pooran pleaded guilty to the offense and accepted the sanction imposed on them, so there was no need for a formal hearing.

The on-field umpires Leslie Reifer and Nigel Duguid, third umpire Gregory Brathwaite and fourth umpire Patrick Gustard leveled the charge.

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma was in a decent touch against West Indies in the first T20I as he went on to play a knock of 64 off just 44 balls followed by 7 fours and 2 maximums. 

Along the course of his innings, the right-hand batter broke the record of Martin Guptil for most runs in the men’s T20Is.

In the first T20I against West Indies, the former batted first to post a total of 190/6 in 20 overs. Rohit played a 64 runs knock while Dinesh Karthik played an unbeaten 41 runs knock of just 19 balls with the help of 4 boundaries and 2 maximums.

With the bowling, Arshdeep Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravi Bishnoi returned with two wickets each as India registered a convincing victory of 68 runs after restricting West Indies to 122/8 in 20 overs.

West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran:

Disappointed as a team. The crowd here has been absolutely amazing and we have disappointed them. The players have been feeling very hurt but this is the first game of the T20 series and we will look to bounce back…[On the decision to include just one spinner] In the hindsight when you look at it the spinners did bowl well. Out mindset was to restrict them to 170-180, with the extra allrounder, we would have been able to chase it.

India 190 for 6 (Rohit 64, Karthik 41*, Joseph 2-46) beat West Indies 122 for 8 (Brooks 20, Ashwin 2-22, Arshdeep 2-24, Bishnoi 2-26) by 68 runs.