Steve Smith suffered a concussion injury in the second T20I against Sri Lanka in Sydney. As a result, he has been ruled out from the remaining T20Is. Cricket Australia has said that Smith would fully recover within 6-7 days and in the meantime, he will be supervised by the medical team.
Steve Smith injured his head while trying to save a six from Maheesh Theekshana close to the midwicket boundary rope. Australia eventually conceded the runs which helped the Lankans to take the game to the Super Over. Smith had to leave the ground after some medical attention.
Steve Smith Injured His Head While Trying To Save The Boundary
Earlier in the game, Australia were sent in by Sri Lanka to bat first. The hosts scored 164/6 with Josh Inglis top-scoring with 48. Before getting injured, Steve Smith scored 14 with the bat. Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis scored 15 and 19 respectively with Matthew Wade’s 13 off 4 balls helping the hosts to get above 160.
Pathum Nissanka’s scored 73 to anchor the chase for the visitors but there was no contribution from the middle-order. Skipper Dashiun Shanaka then kept his nerve and scored 34 off 19 balls and along with Wanindu Hasaranga (13 off 9) took the Lankans close to the target. At last, it was Theekshana’s hit that took the game to the Super Over.
Meanwhile, Australia won the game in the Super Over with Josh Hazlewood conceding just five runs and the hosts getting the target and winning the match. Australia thus lead the five-match series 2-0 at the moment with third T20I to be played on February 15 in Canberra. Hazlewood was awarded the Man of The Match for his heroics with the ball.
“It’s exciting more than anything (bowling the Super Over). Once you see who’s come out, just have a nice clear plan and execute. Playing consecutive games over and over, tournaments like IPL, you learn a lot. Feeling nice and confident at the moment” Hazlewood said.