'Kangali main aata geela' - Fans react as Pakistan get fined with 2 points and 10% match fees for slow-over rate in 1st Test against Australia

Pakistan faced an embarrassing defeat by a huge margin of 360 runs in the first Test of the three-match series against Australia, played in Perth.

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Pakistan skipper Shan Masood (File Photo: Twitter)

Pakistan skipper Shan Masood (File Photo: Twitter)

In a disappointing piece of news for Pakistan, Shan Masood-led side has been fined with the loss of two points in the Test Championship 2023-25 cycle, alongside a deduction of 10% match fees. The decision came from Cricket Governing Body after Pakistan were found guilty of bowling two overs short of the target in the given official time.

Following the penalty of two points, the points percentage of Pakistan has come down to 61.11 while they had a percentage of 66.67 before this. Apart from that, the massive 360-run defeat against Australia has also dropped Pakistan to number two from their number one position in the points table of the Test Championship.

The sections on Pakistan were imposed by Match referee Javagal Srinath. The charge was levelled by Joel Wilson, Richard Illingworth, Michael Gough and fourth umpire Donovan Koch. Furthermore, the visiting skipper Shan Masood went on to accept the offence levelled by the umpires and no formal and official hearing was conducted in the same regard.

Notably, article 2.22 of the International Code of Conduct for Players states about the offences related to minimum over-rate. Other than this, article 16.11.2 of the Test Championship playing conditions states the penalty of points for each over bowled over the time boundaries. 

Australia completely outmuscled Pakistan in Perth Test

Speaking of the action of the first Test of the three-match series between Australia and Pakistan, the hosts completely outplayed the latter and thrashed them by an unbelievable margin of 360 runs to win the first Test and gain a lead of 1-0 in the series.

Australia skipper Pat Cummins won the toss and decided to bat first; batting first, Australia posted a total of 487 runs in the first innings before bundling up Pakistan on 271 runs to take a first-innings lead of 216 runs. Later, Australia declared their second innings at the score of 233 runs for the loss of 5 wickets.

While chasing the massive target of 450 runs, Pakistan got bundled out just at the score of 89 runs and lost the match by a humiliating margin. Now, both teams will lock horns in the second Boxing Day Test, starting on December 26 at the MCG in Melbourne.

Here’s how fans reacted after Pakistan get fined for slow-over rate:

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