Quetta Gladiators’ Andre Russell was struck on the helmet while batting and later replaced by fast bowler Naseem Shah under the concussion-sub rule at the innings break.
Andre Russell Struck on Helmet
During the first over of the second innings, Russell was stretchered out from the dressing room to an ambulance. He had received the blow to the head in the 14th over of Gladiators’ innings.
He hit two sixes off Muhammad Musa in that over before he was slow on a pull shot to a bouncer from the pacer. After being struck, Russell was checked by a physio and allowed to continue batting, although he was out next ball, caught at third man.
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Batting first, the Gladiators managed 133 runs which were not good enough against the Islamabad franchise, who won the match by 10 wickets.
Colin Munro with 90* off 36 balls was the star of the show as he helped his side gun down the paltry target in 10 overs. The New Zealand cricketer was named the man of the match for his whirlwind knock.
United skipper Shadab Khan didn’t seem happy with Shah replacing Russell and could be seen taking to umpire Aleem Dar before the second innings.
The decision on whether a player is a like-for-like replacement is decided by the match referee, who was Muhammad Javed in Friday’s game. Shah’s inclusion might have been because Russell couldn’t bowl four overs in the United’s run-chase.
The Gladiators’ next match is against the Peshawar Zalmi on Saturday, June 12, and Russell is set to miss the game.
Cameron Delport and Zahir Khan are the other two overseas options for Quetta. Shah didn’t have a great outing with the ball as he leaked 19 runs in the only over he bowled.
Colin Munro hit him for four fours as the United plundered 19 runs in the first over of their run-chase.
The Gladiators lost the match by 10 wickets after Munro’s 36-ball 90 with 12 fours and five sixes. With the loss, Quetta kept languishing at the bottom of the points table.