Steve Smith was making a return to the South African soil after two years when he had cheated on the game by allowing the sandpaper gate incident to happen under his captaincy. He faced a hostile reaction from South African fans who apparently haven’t forgiven him as yet.
The issue is from the first T20 between South Africa and Australia where Australia were put to bat first after losing the toss. After losing David Warner early, both Aaron Finch and Steve Smith provided a solid base to Aussie batting with their partnership but it seemed like Proteas fans were not quite impressed by his Smith’s antics and he was booed and shown placards of the 2 years old incident reminding him of the mistake he made 2 years back.
The particular incident
Steyn bowled the penultimate ball of his third over which reached the batsman Smith in 2 bounces. The ball touched his ears and thus all the pace was taken off of the ball causing it reach Smith in 2 bounces. Smith thought of it as an easy scoring opportunity which he didn’t go on to miss as he dispatched it to the long on boundary line for four. Later the umpire declared it as a No ball.
The huge crowd sitting at Wanderers wasn’t impressed with this as they thought Smith could’ve just ignored the ball and showed better sportsmanship spirit. Smith was booed by the crowd and the placards written ” Sandpaper for sale, Pocket-sized for extra discreetness ” were shown to him. However, it didn’t affect Smith who by now, has become an immune to these reactions. He enjoyed a good outing in the middle where he scored 45 from 32. Here is the video of Dale Steyn’s ball.
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Australia humiliated South Africa in the first T20 as the visitors won the game by a massive margin of 107 runs. Batting first, Australia scored 196 thanks to a collective performance from the batters out there. Aaron Finch scored 42 while Smith too scored 45 off 32 balls. Ashton Agar played a brilliant cameo of 20 from 9 balls to take Australia to a mammoth total of 196 runs.
Later while defending the target, they bundled out South Africa on just 89 runs with Ashton Agar picking up 5 wickets which also included a hattrick. Adam Zampa and Pat Cummins took two wickets apiece while Mitchell Starc produced a beauty to dismiss South African captain Quinton De Kock which gave his side the early impetus.
The second T20 between both the sides will be played tomorrow in Port Elizabeth.