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Sri Lanka fined for slow over rate against New Zealand

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka has been fined for maintaining a slow over rate in the first Twenty20 international against New Zealand. The International Cricket Council says all 11 players were fined 40 percent of their match fee for being two overs behind schedule.

Umpires had leveled the charge against the team to ICC Match Referee Andy Pycroft. Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga pleaded guilty and accepted the sanction. According to ICC's code of conduct, a fine of 20 percent of each player's match fee will be levied as a fine for every over bowled behind schedule.

Sri Lanka lost to New Zealand by five wickets on Sunday in the first of the three-match series. The second match will be played on Tuesday.

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