Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The controversial dead-ball rule came into  spotlight once again during South Africa's thrilling victory over Bangladesh in a T20 World Cup 2024 match at the Nassau County Cricket Stadium in New York on Monday.

Questions were asked by many experts and fans if Bangladesh were robbed of a fighting victory as they fell agonisingly short of a 113-run total by just four runs because of the dead-ball rule .

The controversy erupted in the 17th over when Mahmadullah was given out LBW by on-field umpire Sam Nogajski. South Africa fast bowler Ottneil Baartman started celebrating even as the ball went to the boundary after hitting the pads. However, Mahmadullah took a review and had the decision against him overturned. However, Bangladesh were not awarded four runs for leg-byes as the call by Nogajski was made before the ball rolled onto the boundary.

In the end, Bangladesh were agonisingly four run short. Meanwhile, the margin of defeat irked several fans and experts. They highlighted over various social media platforms on how the dead-ball rule robbed Bangladesh of four runs.

What does the dead-ball rule say?

As per the rule, no extra runs (leg-byes or byes) will be given if on-field umpire gives a batter out LBW even if the decision is overturned by the third umpire. However, the batting team can be given leg-bye runs if the on-field umpire's decision of not out stays after a review.

Experts put question mark

In response to the development, former India great Sunil Gavaskar pointed out that captains can take advantage of the law and use the reviews to deny crucial runs to the opposition.

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Former India cricketer Wasim Jaffer was also among many experts who voiced out against the rule after Bangladesh's heartbreaking defeat.

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