January 21, 2013
South African one-day captain AB de Villers has been handed a two-match ban for a slow over-rate in Saturday’s one-day international defeat to New Zealand.
The umpires had calculated that the Proteas had fallen six over short of their target after time allocations were taken into consideration. New Zealand claimed a dramatic one wicket victory thanks to James Franklin who finished 47 not out in what was a low scoring game in Paarl.
De Villiers could face further punishment if he is to be found guilty of the same offence in the next 12 months. The South African team also found themselves in hot water as each member was fined their match fee due to the slow over-rate.
With just two matches of the series remaining, South Africa find themselves 1-0 down needing to win both games to claim victory. Faf du Plessis will lead the side in the absence of De Villiers.
The games take place on Tuesday in Kimberley with the final match in Potchefstroom on Friday.
The Scoop 21/01/13