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Sri Lanka was fined 40% of the match money for sustaining a sluggish over-rate in the second T20I against Australia

Sri Lanka lost the T20I series against Australia after losing by three wickets in the second game on June 8 at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Aside from the defeat, the home team captain, Dasun Shanaka, has been penalized 40% of his match expenses for sustaining a slow over-rate throughout the game.

The hosts were ruled to be two overs short of the mark when time allowances were taken into account, according to an International Cricket Council (ICC) media statement. Aside from the captain, the players have lost 40% of their match pay. In terms of on-field strategy, Sri Lanka failed to put pressure on the tail thanks to brilliant innings by Matthew Wade.

According to the announcement, Sri Lankan skipper Shanaka pleaded guilty to the offense and accepted the recommended sentence, eliminating the necessity for a formal hearing with the world cricket governing body.

Meanwhile, the Lankans have now lost three consecutive T20I series, and this was the fifth consecutive game in the shortest format in which they were defeated. Worst of all, the 2014 T20 world champions had endured crushing defeats in the first two games.

Sri Lanka will now be looking for a turnaround in the insignificant third and last T20I on June 11 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy.