Courtesy of David Miller’s thunderous knock, South Africa finally grabbed a win in the ODI series and kept the series alive with two matches still to go. If they win the last two, they can draw the series as the men in blue won the first three ODIs.
Though Aiden Markram grabbed his first win as captain, there was still something he didn’t want. His side has been fined 10 per cent of their match fees for maintaining a slow over-rate.
Markram’s side was ruled to be one over short of their target when time allowances were taken into consideration, and match referee Andy Pycroft imposed the fine on the team, while first-time captain Markram loses 20 per cent of his match fee.
The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Bongani Jele, third umpire Ian Gould, and fourth umpire Shaun George. Markram pleaded guilty to the offence after the end of the match and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.
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. However, if South Africa commit another minor over-rate breach in an ODI within a 12-month period with Markram as captain, he will face a suspension.