India and the West Indies were penalized for continuing a slow over-rate
India and West Indies were fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during the first T20I match at the Brian Lara Cricket Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago. India was fined five percent of their match fee for being one overs short of the required over-rate, while West Indies were fined 10 percent for being two overs short. The sanctions were imposed by Richie Richardson, the ICC Elite Panel Match Referee, after considering time allowances.
According to Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct, players are fined five percent of their match fee for each over their team fails to bowl within the allotted time, with a maximum cap of 50 percent of the match fee. Both Hardik Pandya and Rovman Powell accepted the charges and proposed sanctions without the need for a formal hearing.
During the match, West Indies faced a slowdown in the middle overs, going from 54/2 after the first six overs to 96/3 by the end of 14 overs. India’s spin trio of Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Axar Patel took three wickets in their combined nine overs.
West Indies managed to reach 149/6 on a slow pitch, thanks to Powell’s 48 off 32 balls, while India’s Tilak Varma impressed with 39 off 22 balls in his debut. However, Jason Holder’s all-round performance of 2-19, including a double-wicket maiden, helped West Indies secure victory, with Romario Shepherd defending 10 runs in the last over to restrict India to 145-9 in 20 overs.
With this win, West Indies now lead the five-game series 1-0 and will face India in the second T20I at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Sunday.