Steve Smith century: The Australian batsman scored the third-fastest ODI century by an Australian batsman in Sydney.
During the first ODI of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia in Sydney, Australia batsman Steven Smith put on display an emphatic display of batting which saw him scoring his 10th ODI century against a lackluster Indian bowling attack.
Coming in to bat at No. 3 in the 28th over after the dismissal of opening batsman David Warner (69), there were doubts around Smith’s batting position for fans and experts had expressed the need for a hard-hitting batsman.
Putting all doubts to rest, Smith took the onus accumulating runs swiftly upon himself to the extent that Australia captain Aaron Finch appeared to be in the 90s for a long time. It was at the same time when Smith had first portrayed signs of finding gaps at will against both the Indian pacers and spinners.
Having hit three fours off Ravindra Jadeja in the 37th over, Smith hit another two off Mohammed Shami in the following over. It was in the same over that Smith had completed a 36-ball half-century.
Finch (114), who completed his 17th ODI century in the next over, saw him century getting overshadowed by Smith’s heroics who scored another four and six in the same over.
With Finch getting out in the 40th over, Smith and Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell (45) put together a brisk 59-run stand for the fourth wicket.
It was on the second delivery of the penultimate over when Smith hit a four and ran a single to bring up his century. Having got out in the last over, Smith departed after scoring 105 (66) with the help of 11 fours and six sixes.
Twitter reactions on Steve Smith century:
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 27, 2020
Fastest ODI 100s vs India (by balls):
45 – Afridi, Kanpur, 2005
57 – Faulkner, Bangalore, 2013
57 – ABD, Mumbai, 2015
58 – ABD, Ahmedabad, 2010
62 – STEVE SMITH, TODAY#AUSvsIND
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) November 27, 2020
Ridiculous ODI innings from Smith. #AUSvIND
— Sreshth Shah (@sreshthx) November 27, 2020
Since Smith loves India so much, might as well offer him the citizenship. Inka Aadhaar Card banvaiye please 🤐😱 Ominous signs for the entire tour…. 🙈 #AUSvIND
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 27, 2020
Steve Smith smacks the third-fastest ton for Australia in men’s ODIs in his first 50-over game in eight months 🔥
— ICC (@ICC) November 27, 2020
Steve Smith’s strong areas pic.twitter.com/y5duRiBpmr
— Dennisteve Smith (@DennisCricket_) November 27, 2020
Steve Smith 💯 off 63 balls 😬
Don’t believe I’ve seen him hit them better and longer to more innovative angles ever in ODI 👌
Ominous for the summer 🏏 #AusvUnd
— Damien Fleming (@bowlologist) November 27, 2020
Back in yellow, Steve Smith does what Steve Smith does best. The third-fastest ODI century for Australia. Maybe that’s what he meant by “finding his hands”. #AUSvsIND
— Kritika Naidu (@Kritzika) November 27, 2020
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