Steven Smith
Steven Smith. Pic Credits= Twitter

Just a few days after Virat Kohli broke the jinx and scored his 71st international century after a drought of over 1000 days in the Asia Cup 2022, Australia’s talismanic batsman Steve Smith too scored his first ODI ton after a wait of nearly two years.

The right-hand batting dynamo brought up his 12th ODI century off 127 balls with a clip to fine leg off Southee in the 44th over. It was Smith’s first ODI century since November 2020, when he made successive hundreds against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith [Image-AP]

Steve Smith receives a standing ovation from the crowd

Apart from skipper Aaron Finch, Smith was given a standing ovation by the modest crowd at Cazaly Stadium as he walked off for the final time in ODIs, the most eventful thing happened in Australia’s 38th over.

During his stupendous innings, Steve Smith took James Neesham over square leg boundary for a six. It was given a no-ball after Smith reminded the umpires about the number of fielders outside the circle. Smith gestured dramatically to the square leg umpire that there were more fielders outside the circle. Neesham did well to recover with a slower ball bouncer dot from the free-hit.

Steve Smith’s talismanic innings propel Australia to a challenging total