SA vs BAN: Memes Call Out DRS Rule That Changed the Course of T20 World Cup 2024

South Africa became the first T20 World Cup 2024 team to qualify for the Super 8 stage after beating Bangladesh by 4 runs, which was precisely what a Decision Review System (DRS) rule cost the chasing side – an LBW appeal to get Mahmudullah out was overturned but the leg-bye boundary denied.
Bangladesh would have made the Super 8s if it weren't for the DRS dead-ball rule for LBW. | AP

Bangladesh would have made the Super 8s if it weren't for the DRS dead-ball rule for LBW. | AP

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A bizarre ICC rule involving the DRS cost Bangladesh the match against South Africa at the T20 World Cup 2024.
  • Mahmudullah challenged Ottneil Baartman's LBW appeal and was given not-out but the Tigers were denied four leg-bye runs.
  • Social media called out the rule that assumes a ball is dead once the batsman has been given out, even when the decision is overturned.
South Africa became the first T20 World Cup 2024 team to qualify for the Super 8 stage after beating Bangladesh by 4 runs, which was precisely what a Decision Review System (DRS) rule cost the chasing side – an LBW appeal to get Mahmudullah out was overturned but the leg-bye boundary denied.
Ottneil Baartman trapped the 38-year-old on his pad in the 17th over, with on-field umpire Sam Nogajski raising his finger, only for Bangladesh to challenge the decision and retain the review as the ball appeared to be going down the leg side.
However, despite Mahmudullah being given not-out, the four leg-byes, to which Bangladesh should have been entitled, were not added to their score – thanks to ICC guidelines on Review of Umpiring Decisions.
“If following a Player Review request, an original decision of Out is changed to Not out, then the ball is still deemed to have become dead when the original decision was made (as per Law 23.1(a)(iii)),” clause 6.1 of the document states.
“The batting side, while benefiting from the reversal of the dismissal, shall not benefit from any runs that may subsequently have accrued from the delivery had the on-field umpire originally made a Not out decision, other than any No ball penalty that could arise.”
As a result, Bangladesh were still 26 runs away from their target at that point, when they should have just needed a run a ball.
In the end, it all came down to those 4 runs with Bangladesh, who were poised to make the Super 8s, losing the game to South Africa.
A controversy erupted on social media, which is largely sympathetic of the Proteas' misfortunes at ICC tournaments but was taking no prisoners this time.
Calling out the DRS rule that has potentially changed the course of the 2024 T20 World Cup, former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer wrote on X: "Mahmudullah was wrongly given out LBW, and ball went for 4 leg byes. The decision was reversed on DRS but Bangladesh didn't get the 4 runs as ball is dead once batter is given out. And South Africa won by exactly 4 runs. Tragic indeed"
Many took aim at the dead-ball clause through memes and hot takes.
The LBW DRS rule in question all but affected the outcome of an Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals (RR) earlier. Had Rovman Powell successfully challenged his last-ball dismissal, he would have remained not out - and still lost the match.
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