South Africa fined 20 per cent of match fees for slow over-rate in first ODI against Pakistan at Centurion

South Africa fined 20 per cent of match fees for slow over-rate in first ODI against Pakistan at Centurion


Temba Bavuma-led South Africa were fined 20 per cent of their match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate against Pakistan in their first ODI held on Friday.

In the last-ball thriller in the first ODI, Pakistan beat the hosts by 3 wickets to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.

But according to match officials, the hosts were one over short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration, and therefore the penalty was imposed on the hosts.

South Africa skipper Temba Bavuma has pleaded guilty for the offence levelled by Andrew Pycroft of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees, and therefore there was no need for a formal hearing.

Umpires Marais Erasmus, Adrian Holdstock, Allahudien Paleker and Bongani Jele had leveled the charge against the hosts.

Babar Azam scores yet another century

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam led from the front with a magnificent 13th ODI hundred as he went on to score 103 and laid the platform for the win with opener Imam-ul-Haq.

With yet another century, Babar became the fastest men’s international cricketer to score 13 ODI hundreds, going past the likes of other great players such as Virat Kohli and Hashim Amla.

Babar has taken just 76 innings to achieve the feat going past South Africa star Hashim Amla who until now was the fastest, having scored his 13th ODI hundred in 83 innings. India skipper Virat Kohli got there in 86 innings.