WTC Final: Another big blow to the Indian team, ICC gave severe punishment

After the 209-run defeat at the hands of Australia in the World Test Championship Final (WTC Final), the Indian Cricket Team has suffered another major setback. The entire match fee of the Indian team has been deducted by the ICC. Giving information, the ICC has said that the fee of the Indian team has been deducted due to the slow over rate, because the Indian team had bowled five overs less till the stipulated time.

The ICC has imposed a fine of 80% of the match fee on the new world champion of Test cricket, Australia, due to slow over rate. The Australian team had bowled four overs short of the stipulated time.

The fine has been imposed under 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct, which applies to players and player support staff. The rule deals with minimum over-rate offenses, under which players are fined 20 percent of their match fee if their team does not complete an over in the stipulated time.

If we talk about this final match, Australia scored a big score of 469 in their first innings after being invited to bat first. For Australia, Travis Head played a brilliant century innings of 163 runs, while in this innings he was well supported by Steve Smith, who scored 121 runs while scoring his 31st century in Test cricket. In response to this score of Australia, India’s first innings was reduced to only 296 runs.

For India in WTC Final, Ajinkya Rahane played the highest innings of 89 runs. Taking ahead of Australia’s huge lead of 173 runs after India’s innings, the Kangaroos made 270/8 (declared innings) in their second innings and set a mountain-like target of 444 runs in front of India. When the Indian team started chasing this target in their second innings, they showed good intent to win and till the end of the fourth day, the team could do some charisma, but on the 5th day the team needed 280 runs to become the winner. If more was needed, India laid down their weapons and the entire team was bundled out for 234 runs in the first session itself.

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