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South Africa fined for slow over-rate

South Africa have already won the series
South Africa have already won the series

The International Cricket Council has fined South African players following their poor over-rate in the recently concluded second Test against India in Centurion.

South Africa were found to be short of their target by two overs after taking into consideration all the time delays and other factors and as a result they were fined in accordance to Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences.

Captain Faf du Plessis was fined 40 percent of his match fees while his team-mates were sanctioned 20 percent. Another such offence in a period of 12 months will lead to a suspension for du Plessis.

As du Plessis pleaded guilty to the charges, match referee Chris Broad stated that there was no need for a formal hearing.

The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Michael Gough and Paul Reiffel, third umpire Richard Kettleborough and fourth umpire Allahudien Palekar.

South Africa have already claimed the series against India following their victories in Cape Town and Centurion with the third game scheduled to be played at New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg between 24th and 28th January.

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