Australia's victory over the West Indies in the first cricket T20 on the Gold Coast has sparked fresh concerns about the Decision Review System after a baffling dismissal left commentators up in arms.
The West Indies were 3-76 in the 11th over while batting first at Metricon Stadium when Mitchell Starc appealed for lbw against Nicholas Pooran.
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On-field umpire Donovan Koch turned down the appeal, prompting Aussie captain Aaron Finch to call for a DRS referral.
Replays showed the ball had struck Pooran's front pad first, but the trajectory of the ball appeared to be heading well down leg side.
"That's down leg"
The DRS has other ideas.
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Brad Haddin said in commentary for Fox Cricket "down leg", while Mark Waugh added: “No doubt about it, that’s missing leg, play on.”
However the commentators and players were left shocked when the ball-tracking system decided the ball was smashing into middle and leg.
Pooran appeared in disbelief when the decision came back as 'out', while the surprised expression on Starc's face said it all.
“Mitchell Starc can’t believe it, he was nearly back at the top of his mark,” Brendon Julian said in commentary.
“That’s unbelievable. The skipper’s got to go, I don’t think he’s happy about that.”
Waugh continued: “I can’t believe that ball’s straightened on the angle.
“We can’t argue with technology, but we will in this case.”
Cricket commentator Adam White wrote on Twitter: “That’s a disgrace that was given out. That sort of technology glitch/error should worry a lot of cricket people.”
That’s a disgrace that was given out. That sort of technology glitch/error should worry a lot of cricket people. https://t.co/4V62JaupMW
— Adam White (@White_Adam) October 5, 2022
Both Starc and Pooran couldn't believe it for different reasons😁😁#AUSvWI
— Kushan Sarkar (@kushansarkar) October 5, 2022
Bizarre. How could the ball straighten from that angle?! #AUSvWI
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) October 5, 2022
— Jake Carden (@JakeCarden13) October 5, 2022
Pooran been absolutely robbed there by DRS. One of the worst DRS decisions I've seen - heading down leg >> straightening up and hitting middle/leg? 🙃 #AUSvWI
— @Trader12 (@trader12blog) October 5, 2022
Is the DRS & Hawkeye been run from the NRL Bunker? What a shocker. #AUSvWI
— Aaron Bushby (@abushby89) October 5, 2022
Lol West Indies robbed. Pooran was clearly not out. No way that can be three red lights. Horrible. You can't even trust the DRS. #AusvWI
— Bharat Jain (@EdgedAndGone) October 5, 2022
Aussies scrape home in final over against West Indies
Starc and Matthew Wade were both dropped in the final over as Australia managed to squeeze out a thrilling three-wicket victory with one ball to spare.
Australia needed 11 to win from Sheldon Cottrell's final over when wicketkeeper-batsman Wade (39 not out off 29 balls) was dropped by Raymon Reifer with seven still needed.
Kyle Mayers then failed to cling on to another chance in the deep to get rid of Starc off the fourth ball, before the paceman took advantage of his reprieve to get the hosts across the line with two off the second-last ball.
Australia captain Aaron Finch (58 off 53 balls) had pushed himself down the order to No.4 to give all-rounder Cameron Green a crack at opening the innings where he had been so successful on the recent T20 tour of India.
But chasing the West Indies total of 9-145, Australia were in dire trouble at 5-58 in just the eighth over.
Finch then found a willing ally in Wade, with the duo combining for a 69-run sixth-wicket stand that set up victory for the Aussies.
Australian paceman Pat Cummins said the side "bowled really well but probably weren't as clinical as we would have liked with the bat."
"I think it is great that someone like Matty Wade at No.7 has got us home like he has quite a few times but ideally those kind of chases you do a bit easier," he said.
"(Wade) has really just really taken that mantle as a finisher. He's nailed that spot.
"I thought (Finch) was fantastic with that old, wise head and just got the job done. Green batted really well in India... and I wouldn't be surprised if you see a couple of combinations heading into the World Cup."
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