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WATCH: Steve Smith survives hit-wicket off Haris Rauf as wind blows away bail in Stars vs Sixers match

Dixit Bhargav

WATCH: Steve Smith survives hit-wicket off Haris Rauf as wind blows away bail in Stars vs Sixers match

Steve Smith survives hit-wicket: The Sixers’ batsman was at the wrong end of nature before replays saved him at the MCG.

During the qualifier of the ongoing ninth season of the Big Bash League between Melbourne Stars and Sydney Sixers in Melbourne, Sydney Sixers batsman Steve Smith was presumed to be out hit-wicket after him missing a ball and a bail coming off the stumps happened at the same time in real time.

It all happened on the penultimate delivery of the eighth over when Smith was beaten by a short delivery from Melbourne Stars fast bowler Haris Rauf.

Losing his balance in the process of leaving the ball, Smith’s elbow seemed to have touched the stumps from the front angle. With a bail also falling down, it was enough proof for the hosts to celebrate the priced wicket.

However, frequent replays by the third umpire put to light that Smith never touched the stumps by any body part. The bail had fallen off due to the wind blowing at the MCG.

Both Smith and Sixers captain Moises Henriques have got off to individual starts and would be looking to play a long hand for their team especially after they have lost their opening batsmen.

It is worth mentioning that the winner of this match will directly qualify for the final of the tournament. On the contrary, the loser will get another chance to reach the final.

Steve Smith survives hit-wicket

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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav


Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who works as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. Having written more than 10,000 articles across more than five years at TSR, his first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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