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Virat Kohli fined after angry outburst in second Test

The Indian captain threw the ball in anger after a discussion with umpire Michael Gough

India captain Virat Kohli has been fined 25 per cent of his match fee after an angry outburst in his side’s second Test with South Africa.

Kohli was unhappy with the state of the ball during South Africa’s second innings after it appeared to get wet and following a discussion with umpire Michael Gough, the Indian threw the ball down in an aggressive manner.

Kohli has now been sanctioned by the ICC after breaching “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game” and as a result loses part of his match fee and also receives one demerit point.

An ICC statement read: “India captain Virat Kohli has been fined 25 per cent of his match fee and received one demerit point for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day’s play in the second Test against South Africa at Centurion on Monday.

“Kohli was found to have breached Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.”

“Monday’s incident happened in the 25th over of South Africa’s second innings when Kohli continued to complain to umpire Michael Gough about the ball being affected by a damp outfield following a rain delay, before throwing the ball into the ground in an aggressive manner.

“After the day’s play, Kohli pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.”

India, already one down in the series, are up against it in Centurion as they the hosts are building a sizeable second-innings lead.

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