Dhoni suspended due to slow over rate

The Indians were two overs short of their target on Sunday, their second such offence within a year.

Brisbane, (AFP): Indian captain MS Dhoni was suspended for one match Sunday after his side's over rate was ruled to be too slow in their tri-series one-day international against Australia in Brisbane.

The Indians were two overs short of their target on Sunday, their second such offence within a year.

"As this was India's second minor over-rate offence after it was fined for a slow over-rate in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 final against Sri Lanka in Mumbai on 2 April, Dhoni has also been suspended from India's next game on Tuesday against Sri Lanka in Brisbane," the ICC said in a statement.

The slow over rate charge was laid by on-field umpires Steve Davis and Billy Bowden, as well as third umpire Bruce Oxenford and fourth umpire Paul Reiffel.

"Dhoni pleaded guilty to the charge and the subsequent penalties were accepted both by Dhoni and India," the ICC added.

Match referee Andy Pycroft also fined Dhoni 40 percent of his match fee while each of the Indian players received 20 percent fines.

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