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Kohli fined 25% of match fee for throwing ball on ground, complaining about damp outfield

The India captain pleaded guilty to breaching Level 1 of the code of conduct for which he also received one demerit point.

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India captain Virat Kohli has been fined 25% of his match fee for “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game” during the third day of the second Test against South Africa at Centurion on Monday. Kohli also received one demerit point for his Level 1 offence, along with the fine, the International Cricket Council announced.

The incident that occurred in the 25th over of South Africa’s second innings. The Indian captain was seen complaining to umpire Michael Gough about the ball being affected by a damp outfield following a shower in the third session. Kohli then threw the ball on to the ground “in an aggressive manner”, the ICC report said.

Kohli pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the fine proposed by match referee Chris Broad after the charge was levelled by the umpires. A Level 1 breach warrants an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50% of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points, according to the ICC.

When a player gets four or more demerit points within a two-year period, they are converted into suspension points and a player is banned, according to ICC rules. Two suspension points amount to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whichever come first.

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