India penalized 5 runs after Ravindra Jadeja runs on the pitch

On Day 2 of the third Test against New Zealand at the Holkar Stadium, Indore, India were given a five-run penalty after Ravindra Jadeja received a second warning for running on the pitch.

In what turned out to be the penultimate over of India’s innings delivered by Trent Boult, Ravindra Jadeja cut the ball to third man and ran down the pitch for the second time. This time, umpire Bruce Oxenford gave the penalty of five runs and added 5 runs in the visitors scoreboard.

Under section 14 of Law 42 (Fair and unfair play), the umpire has the right to award 5 penalty runs to the fielding side.

As per the law, when a batsman is deemed to have caused the damage to the pitch, the umpire have to first inform the other umpire of the occurrence and also the fielding captain and the batsman concerned.

When Jadeja ran on the pitch for the first time, the fielding captain was informed, Jadeja was warned and asked not to do it again. But when Jadeja repeated his mistake again, then according to the laws of the game, the umpire added five runs to New Zealand’s first innings scoreboard before they started their innings.

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