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Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza was fined 20 percent of his match fee and Sri Lanka opener Danushka Gunathilaka was reprimanded for their actions during the ODI tri-series final on Saturday.
Both Mortaza and Gunathilaka were found guilty of breaching Article 2.1.7 of the ICC’s Code of Conduct, which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an International Match.”
The incident involving Mortaza occurred in the sixth over of Sri Lanka’s innings when he ran towards Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Mendis after he was dismissed. Mortaza yelled loudly and also stared at Mendis, which “could have provoked an aggressive reaction”.
As for Gunathilaka, he shouted something at Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal when he was dismissed in the sixth over. This prompted Tamim to turn around and stare at Gunathilaka.
Both players were given one demerit point for their respective actions. They also accepted the offences and sanctions proposed, meaning there will be no need for a formal hearing.