Tendulkar, Gambhir fined $20,000

Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar, his Delhi Daredevils counterpart Gautam Gambhir and Kings XI Punjab skipper Kumar Sangakkara have been fined $20,000 each for their teams’ slow overrate in the Indian Premier League matches played on Saturday.

An IPL release said Tendulkar was fined after the Mumbai Indians “were assessed to be two overs behind their required rate” during their four-run win against Rajasthan Royals at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium.

“Under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over rate offences, Tendulkar was fined $20,000 by match referee Andy Pycroft,” the statement said.

In the game at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium at Mohali, both the Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils were each assessed to be one over behind the required rate.

Fines were slapped on both the captains by match referee Srinivas Venkataraghavan.

With Gambhir leading from the front with a knock of 72, Delhi Daredevils beat Kings XI by five wickets.

Earlier, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Sourav Ganguly was fined an identical amount for his side’s slow over rate during the tournament opener against defending champions Deccan Chargers at the D.Y. Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai Friday.

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Dhoni banned for two matches, Sehwag named captain

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was slapped with a two ODI ban for slow over-rate during the second cricket one-dayer against Sri Lanka Nagpur, dealing a huge blow to the home team’s prospects in the ongoing five-match series.

International Cricket Council’s match referee Jeff Crowe imposed an immediate two match suspension on Dhoni for slow over-rate after conducting a hearing on Friday night.

In the absence of Dhoni, dashing opener Virender Sehwag has been named the captain for the next two one-dayers in Cuttack on December 21 and Kolkata on December 24.

“ICC Match Referee, Jeff Crowe, has imposed an immediate Two Match suspension on M S Dhoni for slow over-rate after conducting a hearing last night,” the BCCI said in a statement.

The Indian players have been penalised 40 per cent of their match fees. “The Indian team for the next two ODIs will be led by Virender Sehwag,” the brief statement added.

The thrilling second one-dayer ended about 45 minutes after the scheduled finish time because of frequent discussions between the Indian players during the closing stages of Sri Lanka’s chase.

The decision to ban Dhoni was taken by match referee Crowe of New Zealand, considering the quantum of extra time the Indians took to complete their alloted overs.

Tamil Nadu wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik, who featured in India’s Twenty20 squad against the Lankans, is likely to be inducted in the team as a replacement for the charismatic Dhoni.

The ODI squad has only one specialist stumper in Dhoni and Karthik’s inclusion appears almost certain though the BCCI is yet to make a formal announcement.