Hardik Pandya bowling: The Indian all-rounder had last bowled in ODIs during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England.
During the second ODI of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia in Sydney, Australia batsman Steven Smith oozed sheer class to score his second consecutive century as he continued to dismantle the otherwise strong Indian bowling attack.
Coming in to bat at No. 3 in the 23rd over, Smith put on display a replica of his century in the first match. Attacking the Indian bowlers from the word go, Smith didn’t let the opposition breathe easy especially after 142-run opening partnership.
Smith, who hit his first boundary off India pacer Mohammed Shami in the 25th over, then repeated the same against Jasprit Bumrah in the 27th over. It was in the 30th over when Smith hit a four and a six off India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja to further up the ante.
Smith, who completed a 38-ball half-century in the 34th over, was unstoppable after crossing the 50-run mark. Having hit at least one boundary in each of the following overs, Smith raced his way to his 11th ODI century in no time.
The 31-year old player’s fantastic innings was eventually brought to an end by India all-rounder Hardik Pandya who was bowling for the first time since his back surgery.
In what was a wide delivery outside the off-stump, Smith ended up edging it to Mohammed Shami at short third-man to fall after scoring an incredibly well-made 104 (64) which included 14 fours and two sixes.
Hardik Pandya bowling:
— AK – #BringTheHeat (@SudharsanAK10) November 29, 2020
How Twitterati reacted:
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 29, 2020
We use the word “masterclass” far too often but this from Smith was just that. Such skill.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 29, 2020
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 29, 2020
smith is really vulnerable between 100-110, glaring weakness #AUSvsIND
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) November 29, 2020
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