Steve Smith run-out vs England: The Australian batsman was short on luck as he missed his ninth ODI century in Birmingham.
During the second semi-final of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Australia and England at Edgbaston, England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler ran out Australia batsman Steve Smith in a peculiar fashion to save some vital runs for his team.
It all happened on the first delivery of the 48th over when Smith’s attempt of sneaking in a leg bye saw him walking back to the pavilion. After being deceived by lack of pace on a Chris Woakes delivery, Smith and Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc started running for the run.
Buttler, who took his right glove off, grabbed the ball and threw it towards the non-striker’s end. In what was a direct-hit, it ended up finding Smith short of his crease. The strange part about the dismissal was that the ball went between Smith’s legs to hit the stumps. On any other day, the ball would have easily hit one of his legs and prevented a dismissal.
Coming in to bat at No. 3 in the second over, Smith top-scored for Australia by scoring his 23rd ODI half-century. With Australia reeling at 14/3 in the seventh over, Smith played the upper hand in a 103-run partnership alongside wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey.
If Australian bowlers manage to defend a 224-run target, Smith’s innings might just become the primary reason for their victory. Before getting out, Smith ended up scoring 85 (119) with the help of six fours. With bowling figures of 8-0-20-3, England all-rounder Chris Woakes was the pick of their bowlers.
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