Sri Lankan duo Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene have been officially reprimanded after pleading guilty to charges of excessive appealing.
The charges occurred after the Champions Trophy fixture against New Zealand at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Sunday.
New Zealand edged to a one-wicket victory with Tim Southee finishing on 13 not out. The Kiwi managed to get the better of Lasith Malinga whose four wickets gave Sri Lanka an opportunity to defend their low score of 138.
On-field umpires Bruce Oxenford and Rod Tucker along with third umpire Ian Gould and fourth umpire Steve Davis all felt the pair were guilty of excessive appealing.
The behaviour conflicting with the International Cricket Council's code of conduct for players and support personnel, prohibited under 2.1.5, 'excessive appealing during an international match.'
The Sri Lankan pair pleaded guilty and as a result, match referee Andy Pycroft decided against a full hearing. They face a maximum penalty of 50% of their match fee's being taken.
Pycroft explained after the match: "Irrespective of the outcome of an umpire's decision, players are not entitled to prolonged appeals as these can be construed as pressuring the umpires. Both players accepted their mistake and apologised for their actions."
West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin has already been banned for attempting to hoodwink the umpire by appealing for a catch that he dropped against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy at the Oval on Friday.
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