South African team were fined for slow over-rate © Getty Images
South African team were fined for slow over-rate © Getty Images

The Faf du Plessis-led South African team were fined for maintaining a slow over-rate in the second Test against India at Centurion. Chris Broad, ICC Match Referee, imposed a fine on the victorious South African side as they fell short of the target by two overs.

In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.

Du Plessis has been fined 40 per cent of his match fee, while the other South Africa players faced 20 per cent fine. If South Africa under du Plessis commit another over-rate breach within a year’s time then the captain will face suspension. Du Plessis pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction.

South Africa clinch Freedom series, crush India by 135 runs to win 2nd Test
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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 won the series 2-0. The third and the final Test of the series will be played at Johannesburg, starting January 24.

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