Controversy broke out in the second innings of the first Test match between Pakistan and England as Salman Ali Agha was given not out after Decision Review System (DRS) adjudged the ball to go over the stumps on a slow pitch in Rawalpindi.
The decision baffled the English cricket team who stood in disbelief as the ball tracking system showed an ‘irregular’ bounce off a spin bowler. Apart from the England team, cricket fans also voiced their displeasure at the decision on various social media platforms.
Many fans argued that the pitch in Rawalpindi did not offer as much bounce as it showed on that particular delivery. The fans stated that even deliveries of fast bowlers did not bounce as much as that delivery by Jack Leach.
Check out the responses here:
— Grassroots Cricket (@grassrootscric) December 5, 2022
Pretty sure Agha Salman thought that was dead and reviewed as last recognised batter. Thought one replay from front on hinted it might go over given how crouched he was over and the ball hit him on the rise
— Osman Samiuddin (@OsmanSamiuddin) December 5, 2022
QUDRAT KA NIZAM SUPERMACY pic.twitter.com/wI0wNZVJoy
— muqeeba (@Muqeeba08) December 5, 2022
Agha Salman survives another review, it's all happening! Look at the roar in Rawalpindi, the commentators cannot believe it! #PAKvENG
— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) December 5, 2022
Can you believe it?! 🤯
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) December 5, 2022
Nevertheless, the decision did not have much of an impact on the match as England emerged victorious by 74 runs as Pakistan was unable to chase down a target of 343 on the final day.
Pakistan will be disappointed with their performance as they lost crucial points in the World Test Championship.
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