Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been been suspended for one match after he was penalised — it was his second minor over-rate offence within a year — for slow over-rate during the India-Australia match here on Sunday.

The Indian captain will, consequently, not be available for the India-Sri Lanka ODI here on Tuesday in the Commonwealth Bank tri-series.

Dhoni had already missed the fourth Test in Adelaide on this tour due to a similar offence in a different form of the game; on that occasion vice-captain Virender Sehwag led the side.

Dhoni was fined for slow over rate in the ICC World Cup final against Sri Lanka in Mumbai on April 3 last year — it is not the calendar year but the time between two offences that is taken into account.

Offence

The Indian side, on Sunday, was ruled to be two overs short of its target at the end of the match when time allowances were taken into consideration. Match Referee Andy Pycroft imposed a 40 per cent fine on Dhoni while the rest of the team was penalised 20 per cent.

The charge here was laid by on-field umpires Steve Davis and Billy Bowden, as well as third umpire Bruce Oxenford and fourth umpire Paul Reiffel.

Dhoni pleaded guilty to the charge and the subsequent penalties were accepted both by Dhoni and India.

As such there was no need for a formal hearing. Dhoni also acknowledged that he had been kept informed of the position regarding over-rates on a regular basis throughout the match and therefore accepted the decision.

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