Dhoni banned for one match


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India's captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, has been banned for one match because of a slow over rate in his team's 110-run one-day defeat to Australia in Brisbane yesterday.

The International Cricket Council match referee, Andy Pycroft, ruled India were two overs short of their target when time allowances were taken into consideration. He banned Dhoni for a match and fined him 40 per cent of his match fee. Dhoni was also banned for the last Test against Australia at Adelaide last month, for the same reason.

Richard Levi hit the fastest Twenty20 international century as South Africa beat New Zealand by eight wickets in Hamilton. Levi took just 45 balls, hitting a record 13 sixes in an unbeaten 117. New Zealand had made 173 for 4; South Africa reached 174 for 2 with four overs to spare.

England women took a 48-run victory over New Zealand in their second Twenty20 international. Charlotte Edwards and Laura Marsh had an 82-run partnership.

A Pakistan Cricket Board source said yesterday that the Australian Dav Whatmore would replace Pakistan's interim coach, Mohsin Khan, after the one-day series against England.