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Kagiso Rabada sanctioned by ICC for misconduct

Kagiso Rabada (right) has five demerit points against his name now
Kagiso Rabada (right) has five demerit points against his name now

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has handed a 15 percent of match fee fine to South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada following a misconduct in the recently concluded fifth One-Day International against India in Port Elizabeth.

The incident happened in the eighth over of the innings when Rabada waved his hand at Shikhar Dhawan after dismissing him and has a result was found guilty of breaching article 2.1.7, which relates to "using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an International Match".

The 22-year-old received harsh treatment from the Indian openers early on especially from Dhawan, who hit him for five boundaries in his first three overs which did not go well with Rabada.

Apart from the fine, Rabada was also handed one demerit point and now has five such points against his name.

Earlier, Rabada was suspended ahead of the Trent Bridge Test against England last year after he accumulated three demerit points and now if his tally reaches a total of eight in a span of two years, he will once again face suspension in either two Tests; one Test and two ODIs/T20Is; or four ODIs/T20Is, whichever comes first on the schedule.

India have already gone on to win the series 4-1 with the final game scheduled to be played in Centurion on Saturday.

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