Commentators and fans were left baffled at the ball tracking on the DRS after Rassie van der Dussen reviewed a decision which appeared on first glance was absolutely plumb.
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But DRS once again came to the forefront - following the ODI debacle when the technology failed - when ball-tracker showed what appeared to be a straightforward LBW to be missing the stumps by some distance.
England spinner Adil Rashid was bowling to Rassie van der Dussen when the batsman missed a sweep and the ball hit him in front on the full.
"That's hit him on the full - it's going to go straight on!" - Bumble— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) February 12, 2020
But DRS begs to differ and van der Dussen bats on. SA 105-1 off 10 overs.
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While England celebrated what appeared to be a clear LBW, van der Dussen sent it upstairs.
The decision to review it had his South African teammates laughing in to the dressing rooms.
Even commentator David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd thought it was straight forward.
“Oh they’ve reviewed,” Lloyd said in shock.
But laughter could then be heard in the commentary box when to everyone’s shock the ball-tracker showed the ball going down leg.
"That's hit him on the full - it's going to go straight on! What?” Lloyd said in shock.
Cricket fans left baffled
Fans were also completely baffled upon replay.
Everything about that screams OUT! Ball tracking shows that when the ball has a long way to travel and is heading toward leg it can still be missing.— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) February 12, 2020
I'm sorry but DRS couldn't be more wrong there— Luke (@luke15212) February 12, 2020
Even South Africa are pissing themselves laughing
Ball tracker been on the cider too 😂— Hereford Rich (@herefordrich) February 12, 2020
#bbccricket Shouldn’t that VDD LBW review that was overturned, not have been? I thought the rule was that if pas hit on the full, the ball tracker should assume ball goes straight on, therefore knocking over middle stump, and not follow trajectory of ball??— Andrew Fletcher (@El_Fletchio) February 12, 2020
However others agreed with the decision.
Think this is a brilliant example of how our assumptions of someone being out based on preconceived notions have been torn asunder by ball tracking. pic.twitter.com/ZjTju7KhBU— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) February 12, 2020
Angle of delivery clearly had it missing leg, especially as he's a good yard, yard and half infront of the crease.— The 🐍 Whisperer (@crushedpotato1) February 12, 2020
South Africa hold on in thrilling final over
Seamer Lungi Ngidi defended seven runs in the final over to bowl South Africa to an unlikely one-run victory as England folded at the death.
England needed seven from their final seven balls with five wickets remaining, but collapsed in the face of Ngidi's off-cutters on a slow wicket.
South Africa had posted 8-177 in their 20 overs, a record score in East London, but England were cruising when Jason Roy blasted 70 from 38 balls and captain Eoin Morgan an excellent 52 from 34.
The visitors lost their nerve at the finish, though, in what will be a tough lesson at the start of the build-up to the Twenty20 World Cup to be played in Australia in October.