Team India, captained by Rohit Sharma, received a heavy fine following a narrow win against New Zealand in the opening game of the three-match ODI series in Hyderabad on Wednesday. Chasing down their target of 350, India had bowled New Zealand out for 337 to win the match by 12 runs, therefore taking a 1–0 lead in the competition.
Team India has been fined 60 per cent of its match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate against New Zealand. The hosts fell three overs short of the target awarded by Javagal Srinath, the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees. The match referee gave the decision after considering all time allowances.
In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, players are fined 20 percent of their match fees for each over they fail to bowl in the allotted time.
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Rohit Sharma has decided not to appeal against the charges leveled by the two on-field umpires – Anil Chaudhary and Nitin Menon, third umpire KN Ananthapadmanabhan and fourth umpire Jayaraman Madangopal. Therefore there was no need for a formal hearing.
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Talking about the match, Team India openers Rohit and Shubman Gill had another impressive start after being put into bat, sharing a 60-run stand before the youngster single-handedly smashed 208 off 149 balls. Record innings played. Gill became the fifth Indian batsman to score a double century in ODIs and the youngest player surpassing Ishan Kishan, who reached the milestone a month ago.
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However, New Zealand threatened to chase down the target riding Michael Bracewell’s brilliant 78-ball 140, before Shardul Thakur ended his stay with a fine yorker in the final over of the match. The second ODI between India and New Zealand will be face-to-face on January 21 in Raipur.