Lahiru Thirimanne fined for dissent
Thirimanne, who was batting on 62 when he was adjudged caught behind by the umpire, stood his ground for a long time before he shook his head and slowly trudged off the field.
Replays showed that as Thirimanne drove away from his body, there was a distinct sound when the ball went past the bat, giving weight to the umpire’s decision.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) stated in a media report that the 25–year-old was found guilty of breaching the Article 2.1.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel.
“Sri Lanka’s Lahiru Thirimanne has been fined 30 per cent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day’s play in the second cricket Test against India at the P. Sara Oval, Colombo, on Saturday,” said the ICC statement.
The statement further disclosed that there was no necessity of a formal hearing as the left-hander accepted the charges laid against him by the match referee Andy Pycroft.
“The incident happened in the 85th over of Sri Lanka’s first innings when the left-handed batsman stood his ground for a prolonged period of time before leaving the crease while shaking his head after being adjudged caught behind by Wriddhiman Saha off Ishant Sharma.
“Following the draw of stumps on the third day’s play, Thirimanne admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.
“As such, there was no need for a formal hearing.”
Sri Lanka were eventually bowled out for 306 runs in the final session, going on conceding a crucial 87-run lead to India.
At the end of play on day three, India were positioned at 70 for one after 29.2 overs, before bad light forced the players to leave the field.
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