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ICC World Cup 2015: Ireland`s Kevin O`Brien fined for dissent

Brisbane: Kevin O`Brien has been fined 30 percent of his match fee for disputing an umpire`s decision during Ireland`s thrilling World Cup win over the United Arab Emirates in Brisbane on Wednesday.

The all-rounder was found to have breached the section of the International Cricket Council`s code of conduct relating to "showing dissent at an umpire`s decision" when he bowled a wide in the 48th over of the UAE innings, the governing body announced after the match.

And, according to a statement from the ICC, he then "continued to question the umpire`s decision until bowling the next ball".

O`Brien has admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Ranjan Madugalle, meaning there was no need for a formal hearing.

The 48th over saw Shaiman Anwar clearly annoy O`Brien by moving around his crease in exaggerated fashion long before he had bowled, with the medium-pacer twice pulling out when about to deliver.

Eventually, on-field umpires Michael Gough and Nigel Long intervened by speaking to both players, while the same over saw Anwar become the first UAE batsman to score a World Cup hundred with a three off O`Brien.

The UAE finished on 278 for nine, with O`Brien conceding an expensive 61 runs in his seven overs.

But he was almost `in credit` by the end of the match after his 24-ball 50 helped revive Ireland`s innings and added vital late impetus to a run-chase that saw them win by two wickets with four balls to spare.

Victory gave Ireland two wins from as many Pool B matches after their four-wicket defeat of the West Indies, and maintained their bid for a place in the quarter-finals.  

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