Zimbabwe have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate in their T20I Tri-series match in Harare on Tuesday, which Pakistan won by seven wickets. Also Read - Final South Africa-Zimbabwe T20 abandoned
Match referee Jeff Crowe imposed the fine after Hamilton Masakadza’s side was ruled to be one over short of their target when time allowances were taken into consideration. Masakadza has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee, while his players have received 10 per cent fines in accordance with the ICC Code of Conduct. Also Read - Zimbabwe vs Pakistan: Pacer Hasan Ali Calls Shadab Khan to Perform His Trademark 'Explosion Celebratory Move' in 5th ODI | WATCH
If Zimbabwe commit another minor over-rate breach in a T20I within 12 months of this offence with Masakadza as captain, it will be deemed a second offence by Masakadza and he will face a suspension. Also Read - Zimbabwe vs Australia Live Streaming, 6th T20I Tri-Series: When And Where to Watch on TV
Masakadza pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing. The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Langton Rusere and Iknow Chabi, third umpire Russell Tiffin and fourth umpire Jeremiah Matibiri.
Earlier in the day, Solomon Mire notched up the highest individual score by a Zimbabwe batsman in T20I cricket by hitting a 63-ball 94. However, his team could only manage 162/4 in their 20 overs, a total that was scaled comfortably by Pakistan, who were helped by 40s from Fakhar Zaman (47) and Hussain Talat (44), and an unbeaten 38 by captain Sarfraz Ahmed.
Following the defeat, the hosts were knocked out of the tournament. This victory set up Pakistan’s clash in the final with Australia, who have already won both their games so far and will meet Pakistan for an inconsequential league game on Thursday.