Sri Lanka cops fine for slow over-rate in the second Test

Sri Lanka cops fine for slow over-rate in the second Test
Sri Lankan team have been fined by the ICC for having maintained a slow over-rate during the second Test against Pakistan in Colombo.
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Monday that Sri Lankan team have been fined for having maintained a slow over-rate during the second Test against Pakistan in Colombo.

ICC Match Referee Chris Broad found Angelo Mathews’ men to be one over short of the target number of overs to be bowled resulting in the fine.

Being the skipper of the side, Mathews was fined 20 percent of his match fees, while the rest of the playing XI got a fine of 10 percent.

Explaining the decision, Broad in his official statement maintained that that there wasn’t any need for an official hearing.

"Mathews pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing," said Broad in his statement.

Sri Lanka won the Colombo Test comfortably by seven wickets on fifth day to level the series 1-1 after Pakistan had taken the lead in Galle.

The third and final Test of the series will be played in Pallekele on Friday.

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