India lost the first Test of the series badly to South Africa at Centurion today. They lost by an innings and 32 runs in three days after being all out for just 131 runs in the second innings.
But India’s woes did not end here. The ICC fined India 2 points and 10 percent of the match fee for taking more than their allotted time in the match.
If the match fee is not much, it should not affect the players of India. However, the points penalty may cost India in the future. The loss saw Bangladesh drop to the bottom of the World Test Championship points table, with India dropping 2 points further down the list – to number six in the table.
After losing the match, India was fifth in the points table with 16 points. Their average points per match rate during that time was 44.44. Incidentally, Bangladesh (12 points) is number four in the list with an average of 50 percent points per match so far.
But after deducting 2 points, India’s average score stands at 38.89. However, Pakistan-Australia match contributed to India’s fall to number six. Australia was number six before today, today they won and moved up to number three. Pakistan dropped from number two to number five with the loss.
According to the ICC statement, India was 2 overs behind at the scheduled time.
The second and final Test of the two-Test series will begin on January 3, in Cape Town.