The Indian Women's team registered a thrilling 8-run win over England in Hove on Sunday to take the 3-match T20I series into a decider. Defending a target of 149 runs, Harmanpreet Kaur-led side fought valiantly to restrict England to 140/8 in 20 overs. However, with so many bowling changes and continuous discussions between the Indian players during the match, the visitors were found guilty for slow over rate as the match went down the wire.
Harmanpreet Kaur pleads guilty to the offence
On-field umpires Ian Blackwell and Paul Baldwin, third umpire Sue Redfern and fourth umpire Tim Robinson leveled the charges on Indian side. After taking all the time allowances into consideration, the Women in Blue were found one over short of the target and were hence fined 20 percent of their match fee.
"In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time," ICC said in an official statement.
Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur pleaded guilty to the offence as she accepted the sanction imposed by Phil Whitticase (of the Emirates ICC International Panel of Match Referees). As a result, there was no need of any formal hearing on the same. With the series levelled at 1-1, the third and final T20I is set to be played on July 14, Wednesday in Essex.