New Zealand have been fined for a slow over-rate against West Indies during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup match at Old Trafford in Manchester on Saturday.
David Boon of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the fine after Kane Williamson-led side was ruled to be one over short of its target after time allowances were taken into consideration.
On-field umpires Ian Gould and Ruchira Palliyaguruge, third umpire Nigel Llong and fourth umpire Rod Tucker had levelled the charge.
In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player 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, while the captain is fined double that amount.
As such, Williamson has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee, while his teammates have been handed 10 per cent fines.
If New Zealand commit another minor over-rate breach during the tournament with Williamson in the side, it will be deemed a second offence by him and he will face a suspension. Williamson pleaded guilty to the offence after the end of the match and accepted the proposed sanction.
The match between New Zealand and West Indies was a high-intensity contest. West Indies won the toss and opted to bowl first. New Zealand put up a target of 292 on the board with Kane Williamson (148 off 154) hitting his second hundred in a row anchored New Zeland innings with the support of Ross Taylor who contributed 68 off 95. Sheldon Cottrell took four wickets and entertained the crowds with his signature celebratory march and salute. Chris Gayle (87 off 84) and Shimron Hetmyer (54 off 45) kept West Indies’ hope alive till the batting order slumped to 164-7. Carlos Brathwaite’s explosive innings sparked West Indies’ hopes again, but he was tenth batsmen to get out when he tried finishing the game with a six but was caught on the boundary by Trent Boult.
New Zealand sit at the top of the World Cup standings with 11 points from six matches. The Kiwis have won five matches with one getting washed out. New Zealand will next take on Pakistan on June 26 at Edgbaston.
(With inputs from ANI)