Delhi Capitals batsman Steve Smith’s innings against Kolkata Knight Riders in Sharjah came to an end after he inside-edged a quick 143 kph delivery bowled by Lockie Ferguson, which was aimed at the off-stump, into his sticks.
On the second ball of the 13th over, clearing his front leg, Steve Smith attempted an uncharacteristic slog, swinging the bat across the line while aiming for the boundary. But, he didn’t manage to connect the fast delivery from the Kiwi speedster. This was after he had been deceived by a slower one on the first ball.
The ball got deflected from the inside part of the bat and crashed into his leg stump. This ended his knock of 39 runs from 34 balls that was a crucial innings on a difficult batting surface.
KKR on top as Delhi lose 4
After being put in to bat first by Eoin Morgan, DC got off to a solid start from Shikhar Dhawan and Steve Smith, who came in the eleven in place of the injured Prithvi Shaw. Dhawan (24 off 20) was the first to go on the last ball of the fourth over to Lockie Ferguson. DC ended powerplay at 39/1.
Sunil Narine castled Shreyas Iyer(1 off 5) after the powerplay illustrating the slowness of the pitch. Rishabh Pant tried to hit out his way but failed to connect most of his shots. Smith, on the other end, was fluent against the KKR spinners, stroking them for occasional boundaries on both sides of the wicket while smartly rotating the strike.
Before Smith (39 off 34) could up the ante, Ferguson returned to clean him up in the 13th over. Shimron Hetmyer fell to Venkatesh Iyer in the next over. At the time of writing, Delhi are 88/4 at the 14-over mark as they look to rebuild the innings for the final flourish.