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Shadab Khan Questions DRS Technology After Crucial Match in PSL 9

Quetta Gladiators defeated Islamabad United by three wickets in a thrilling encounter in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season nine on Thursday, February 22. However, the match was marred by a controversy involving the Decision Review System (DRS), which left Islamabad United captain Shadab Khan fuming.

The incident occurred in the 11th over of Quetta Gladiators’ chase of 139, when Agha Salman bowled to Rilee Rossouw. Rossouw attempted a sweep shot but missed the ball and was hit on the pad. The umpire Aleem Dar raised his finger after an appeal from the bowler and the keeper. Rossouw immediately reviewed the decision, and the ball-tracking showed that the ball was turning sharply and missing the stumps by a big margin. The decision was overturned and Rossouw was given not out.

However, a closer look at the ball-tracking animation revealed that the impact point used for the decision was different from where the ball had actually hit the pad. The ball-tracking showed that the ball had hit Rossouw outside the off-stump and was spinning away further, while the replays showed that the ball had hit him in line with the stumps and was not turning that much. Shadab Khan, who was fielding at short mid-wicket, was visibly shocked and angry at the error. He argued with the umpire and the match referee, but to no avail.

Shadab Khan later blamed the technology for his team’s loss and said that such mistakes should not happen in a big tournament like the PSL. He said that he had bowled four overs as a leg-spinner and the ball was not turning much, but the ball-tracking showed a different ball for the review. He said that he felt that the wicket of Rossouw at that stage could have changed the game in their favour.

Rossouw went on to play a match-winning knock of 34 not out off 38 balls and guided his team to victory with 10 balls to spare. He was supported by Mohammad Amir, who scored 11 not out off six balls. Rossouw was named the Player of the Match for his captain’s innings.

Quetta Gladiators had a shaky start to their chase, as they lost Saud Shakeel and Khawaja Nafay in the first six overs. Jason Roy then counter-attacked with a blistering 37 off 18 balls, hitting six fours and one six. He was dismissed by Hunain Shah in the seventh over, leaving Quetta Gladiators at 51 for 3. Rossouw then steadied the innings with Sherfane Rutherford, who scored 29 off 23 balls. They added 62 runs for the fifth wicket before Rutherford fell to Naseem Shah in the 15th over. Akeal Hosein was run out in the next over, and Quetta Gladiators needed 25 runs off the last four overs. Rossouw and Amir then finished the job with some sensible batting and took their team over the line.

Earlier, Islamabad United had posted a modest total of 138 for 9 in their 20 overs after being asked to bat first by Rossouw. They had a good start, as Alex Hales smashed two sixes off Akeal Hosein in the third over. However, Hosein got his revenge in the next ball and dismissed Hales for 21 off nine balls. Salman Ali Agha and Colin Munro then rebuilt the innings with a 40-run stand for the second wicket. Munro was removed by Abrar Ahmed for 20 off 22 balls in the eighth over, and Islamabad United lost three more wickets in quick succession. Agha was the top-scorer for his team with 33 off 23 balls, hitting five fours. Imad Wasim and Jordan Cox tried to revive the innings with a 23-run partnership for the sixth wicket, but they could not accelerate the scoring. Abrar Ahmed and Mohammad Wasim Jr were the pick of the bowlers for Quetta Gladiators, taking three wickets each. Akeal Hosein also bowled well and claimed two wickets.

With this win, Quetta Gladiators registered their third win in three matches and moved to the second spot in the points table. Islamabad United suffered their second loss in three matches and slipped to the third spot.

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