Virat Kohli fined for complaining to umpire and throwing ball

India’s Virat Kohli celebrates after Jasprit Bumrah took the wicket of South Africa’s Hashim Amla during the second Test match between India and South Africa at Centurion Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa on Jan.15, 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated 16 January 2018

Virat Kohli fined for complaining to umpire and throwing ball

CENTURION: India captain Virat Kohli has been fined for complaining to an umpire and throwing the ball into the ground “in an aggressive manner” during a dispute over the playing conditions in the second cricket test in South Africa.
The International Cricket Council says Kohli argued with umpire Michael Gough after play resumed following a rain delay on Day 3 on Monday. India was fielding and the skipper was unhappy that play resumed so soon after the rain, leaving India’s players struggling on a damp outfield and with a wet ball.
The ICC says Kohli was given one demerit point and fined 25 percent of his match fee. He accepted the punishment and there was no need for a formal hearing.


Pakistan wins toss, bats in 1st ODI against Zimbabwe

Updated 30 October 2020

Pakistan wins toss, bats in 1st ODI against Zimbabwe

  • Babar Azam, who leads Pakistan in Twenty20s, will be captaining for the first time in the ODI format
  • The top seven teams in the league will directly qualify for the 2023 Cricket World Cup in India

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss and elected to bat Friday in the series-opening one-day international against Zimbabwe at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.

Both teams are opening their World Cup Super League campaigns after the International Cricket Council has introduced the competition to bring context to ODI cricket.

The top seven teams in the league will directly qualify for the 2023 Cricket World Cup in India. The league features 13 countries playing four home and away three-match ODI series.

Babar, who leads Pakistan in Twenty20s, will be captaining for the first time in the ODI format. He was appointed ODI captain during the lockdown for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pakistan gave an ODI debut to fast bowler Haris Rauf, who received his cap from bowling coach Waqar Younis before the toss.

The home team has packed its playing XI with four fast bowlers, with allrounder Faheem Ashraf getting a nod ahead of uncapped leg-spinner Usman Qadir.

Zimbabwe, led by Chamu Chibhabha, left out experienced batsman Elton Chigumubura for the first match of the three-match series. Fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani returned to ODI format after nearly two years.

Lineups:

Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Imam-ul-Haq, Abid Ali, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf

Zimbabwe: Chamu Chibhabha (captain), Sikandar Raza, Brian Chari, Tendai Chisoro, Craig Ervine, Wessley Madhevere, Carl Mumba, Richard Ngarava, Blessing Muzarabani, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams.