Steve Smith has added yet another outrageous catch to his considerable highlights reel, wowing the cricket world with a spectacular snare as Australia levelled its ODI series against India with a record win.
After winning the toss and electing to bowl, the tourists rolled the home side for just 117 before openers Mitchell Marsh (66 off 36) and Travis Head (51 off 30) ran down the target with an unbeaten 121-run stand in just 11 overs for a 10-wicket win.
Australia won the match with 239 balls remaining in the run chase, the biggest margin ever against India.
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Smith took the catch after Australian quick Sean Abbott caught the edge of Indian danger man Hardik Pandya’s bat, with Smith then diving at full stretch to his right while standing at a wide first slip.
The ball stuck in Smith’s right mitt, leaving India in tatters at 5-49 in Visakhapatnam and the commentary team in awe.
“Catch of the century?” Indian great Sanjay Manjrekar inquired.
“It’s not far off,” former Australia captain Aaron Finch replied.
“An absolute blinder from Steve Smith. Who needs three slips when you’ve got Steve Smith standing there?
“He’s been known over the years to take them one-handed beauties. Last game there was a lot that just got to his fingertips, but this one, straight into the hand.
“Almost catches it behind him… brilliant.”
Mitchell Starc removed danger man Suryakumar Yadav for a golden duck and was the pick of Australia’s bowlers with figures of 5-53 off eight overs.
Nathan Ellis – who replaced Glenn Maxwell in the Australian lineup – trapped Virat Kohli lbw for 31 in his first over, before adding another wicket to finish with tidy figures of 2-13 off five overs. Abbott was the other wicket-taker, finishing with figures of 3-23 in six overs.
Australia levelled the three match ODI series at 1-1 after India won the series opener in Mumbai by five wickets.
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