After reviewing the evidence and the video footage, match referee Roshan Mahanama re-confirmed that Sharma initiated the incident, which was reported by all four umpires. Thus, a penalty of 15% of the match fee was imposed on him.
"The game was played in the true spirit till this incident was initiated by Ishant, who is an experienced cricketer, which led to the umpires and his team mates having to intervene," Mahanama said in a statement.
The two got into an argument when Akmal was declared not out after he was caught off a no ball by Ishant, and was beaten on the next ball.
Soon both the players exchanged words and wagged fingers at each other. Finally, the ground umpires and Indian players had to intervene and separate the two.