West Indies fined for slow over-rate

Tourists deemed to be two overs behind target

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The International Cricket Council has fined the West Indies for a slow over rate in their one-day international loss to India in Delhi on Saturday.

Captain Dwayne Bravo was fined 40 per cent of his match fee and his teammates were fined 20 per cent each after the West Indies were deemed to be two overs short of their target when time considerations were taken into account.

New Zealand match referee Jeff Crowe imposed the fines on Bravo and his team, and if the West Indies skipper is found guilty of one more over rate offence in ODI cricket during the next 12 months he will be suspended for one match.

The next ODI is on Tuesday in Vizag and can be followed LIVE here.


India bounced back from their opening match defeat with a 48-run win over West Indies in the second One-Day International in Delhi overnight.  

Chasing 264 to win, the tourists looked in good shape at 2-170 in the 36th over, after opener Dwayne Smith - no stranger to Indian conditions following his standout season in the IPL this year - made 97, his highest ODI score, and Kieron Pollard made 40 batting at No.3.

But it was the wicket of Pollard, from the clever bowling of leg-spinner Amit Mishra (2-40) that triggered a spectacular collapse, as the Dwayne Bravo-led side lost eight wickets for just 45 runs as the pressure of the chase became too much.

Mohammad Shami, who removed both openers and later returned to help the spinners apply pressure by slowing the run rate, claimed the best figures with 4-36 and with it the man-of-the-match award, while Ravi Jadeja also played a role, taking 3-44 amid the wreckage.

Earlier, it was three middle-order half-centuries that India had to thanks for their defendable total, after they had slipped to 3-74.

Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli both impressed with scores of 62, while a quick-fire 51 not out from 40 balls by MS Dhoni propelled the hosts beyond 250.

Despite the result, Australia will still be desperate for victory against Pakistan tonight (AEDT), with the No.1 ranking up for grabs if they can win and India lose just one of the three remaining matches against West Indies. 

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