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T20 World Cup 2024: Major DRS Controversy Denies Bangladesh Win Over South Africa, ICC Rule Exposed

The South Africa vs Bangladesh match in T20 World Cup 2024 turned out to be an absolute thriller, with the Proteas securing a narrow 4-run victory against the Bangla Tigers on Monday. Bangladesh looked to be in a strong position to win the contest, especially when they needed 27 runs to reach the target from the last 4 overs. However, a DRS loophole worked in South Africa's favour, and resulted in Bangladesh being robbed of a boundary, which in the end turned out to be the difference-maker.

It all happened in the 17th over of Bangladesh's batting, when Mahmudullah and Towid Hridoy were in the middle. The second ball of the over saw Mahmudullah attempt a flick but the ball hit his pads and raced to the boundary behind the stumps.

The umpire raised his finger following a strong appeal by the South Africans, and the ball was deemed dead. Bangladesh reviewed the call and DRS showed that the ball wouldn't have hit the stumps, hence the on-field umpire had to reverse his decision.

However, despite the decision being reversed, the boundary was not credited to Bangladesh's total, as the ball was considered dead after the umpire raised his finger. Even though the umpire was wrong, the dead ball call couldn't be overturned, as per the current ICC rules of the game.

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#tapmad #HojaoADFree #T20WorldCup

Several social media users suggested that Mahmudullah became the victim of a loophole in the rulebook, including former India cricketer Wasim Jaffer.

"Mahmudullah was wrongly