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Senanayake fined for Warner send-off

Senanayake fined for Warner send-off
Sachithra Senanayake conceded 49 runs and picked the wicket of David Warner in the first T20I.
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Sri Lankan spin bowler Sachithra Senanayake has been docked 30 percent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for giving David Warner an aggressive send-off in the first Twenty20 International against Australia in Pallekele.

In the fifth over of the innings, Senanayake castled Warner and proceeded to utter a few words, giving the Australian stand-in captain a send-off.

This behaviour was reported by the umpires to the match referee and it was in violation of the article 2.1.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel.

The article 2.1.7 deals with “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his dismissal during an international match”.

The match referee Javagal Srinath handed the fine to Senanayake and since he accepted his offence and the sanctions, there was no need for a formal hearing.

In the first T20I, Australia went on to score a record-breaking 263 and restricted Sri Lanka to 178-9, handing the hosts a defeat by 85 runs, their heaviest loss in the format.

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