ICC World Test Championship Final: Watch - Magician Shardul Thakur Strikes With Huge Wicket Of Steve Smith As The Batter Chops Onto His Stumps
ICC World Test Championship Final: Watch - Magician Shardul Thakur Strikes With Huge Wicket Of Steve Smith As The Batter Chops Onto His Stumps [PC: Twitter]

Australia’s star batter Steve Smith got to his ton after being on 95 runs at the end of Day 1. Steve Smith along with Travis Head slowly were getting into the groove on a track that wasn’t assisting the pacers much.

Mohammed Siraj launched a short ball barrage and got the key wicket of Travis Head. Travis Head tried to counter-attack but gave the catch to the wicket-keeper KS Bharat and was dismissed on 163 runs in 174 balls as there was carnage at The Oval.

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Indian bowlers applied pressure on Cameron Green and Shami enticed the batter to play a cover drive shot but the batter couldn’t time the ball properly and gave a catch to the slip fielder Shubman Gill. All of a sudden Australia were reduced to 376-5.

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Steve Smith stood tall from one end. The batter capitalized on loose deliveries and was in sublime touch as scoring a ton in grueling conditions isn’t easy for a batter.

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Watch- Shardul Thakur Castles Steve Smith

At the end of 98 overs, Australia’s score was 387-5. Shardul Thakur was introduced into the attack and on the very first delivery, Smith tried to guide the ball towards the point region but got an inside edge and his stumps were rattled.

 

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Steve Smith was dismissed on 121 runs in 268 balls and struck 19 fours. Aussies still have the services of Cummins & Starc as the duo have the knack of playing effective cameos for the team as the first innings score in excess of 450 runs would be a challenging one.

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