The Indian cricket team has been fined 20 per cent of their match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate against New Zealand in the fifth and final Twenty20 International in Mount Maunganui on February 2 (Sunday). Chris Broad of the ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction after Rohit Sharma-led India were ruled to be one over short of the target after time allowances were 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 offences, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time,” the ICC said in a statement.

India’s stand-in captain Rohit pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.

On-field umpires Chris Brown and Shaun Haig and third umpire Ashley Mehrotra levelled the charge.

India won the match by seven runs on Sunday to complete a rare 5-0 series whitewash over New Zealand in the shortest format of the game. In the fifth T20I, Jasprit Bumrah-led India pace battery fired in unison as the visitors clinched a hard-fought win while defending a target of 164.

This is the second successive time when Virat Kohli and Co. have been fined for slow over-rate.

On Saturday, the Indian team was docked 40 per cent of its match fee after falling short of the target by two overs in the fourth T20 International at the Sky Stadium, Wellington.