Sri Lanka cricket team have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate in the first ODI of the three-match series against New Zealand. Where they faced a 45-run defeat at the Bay Oval on Thursday. The fine was imposed after Lasith Malinga-led side was ruled to be one over short of their target when time allowances were taken into consideration.

In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 percent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.

As such, Malinga has been fined 20 percent of his match fee, while his players have received 10 percent fines. If Sri Lanka commits another minor over-rate breach in an ODI within 12 months of this offence with Malinga as captain, it will be deemed a second offence by Malinga and he will face a suspension.

Malinga pleaded guilty to the offence after the end of the match and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.

The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Chris Brown and Paul Wilson, third umpire Richard Illingworth and fourth umpire Shaun Haig.

The match saw a lot of drama as all-rounder James Neesham fell just short in breaking the record of hitting the fastest ODI half-century. He took charge in the 49th over, smashed five sixes in 34-run over to Sri Lanka’s medium-pacer Thisara Perera and went unbeaten on 47 off just 13 balls.

Kiwis 371-run first innings also featured Martin Guptill’s 138-run knock including the partnership of 163 runs with the skipper Kane Williamson, who scored 76 off 74 and Ross Taylor’s 54 off 37-runs helped hosts past the 300-run mark. Moreover, Guptill became the 5th kiwi batsman to reach 6000 ODI runs.

(With ANI Inputs)