Steve Smith catches up with Hardik Pandya
Steve Smith added another outrageous take to his considerable highlight reel, wowing the cricketing world with a spectacular trap to knock out Hardik Pandya on Sunday.
Speedy Aussie Sean Abbott grabbed the edge of the bat from the dangerous Indian man, with Smith then diving hard to his right while holding onto a first slide wide.
The ball got stuck in Smith’s right glove, leaving India tattered at 5-49 in Visakhapatnam and the commentating team in awe.
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“Fishing of the century?” asked the great Indian Sanjay Manjrekar.
“It’s not far,” replied former Australia captain Aaron Finch.
“An absolute Steve Smith blinder. Who needs three slides when you have Steve Smith standing there? He’s been known over the years to take them from one-handed beauties. Last game there was a lot that came to his fingertips, but this one, directly in the hand.
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“He nearly catches her behind him…shining.”
Australia are trying to tie the three-game ODI series at 1-1 after India won the series opener – the first ODI in Mumbai – by five wickets.
Mitchell Starc knocked out dangerous man Suryakumar Yadav for a golden duck and was 4-31 in his first six overs.
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Nathan Ellis – who replaced Glenn Maxwell in the Australian roster – trapped Virat Kohli lbw for 31 in his first over to leave India reeling at 6-73 after 16 overs.
Australia won the coin toss and opted to go bowling, with Alex Carey replacing Josh Inglis as wicketkeeper.
The field had been covered due to rain and was useful for bowlers.
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