Steve Smith’s amazing flick in first ODI against New Zealand

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Steve Smith's amazing flick in first ODI against New Zealand(Pic Source: Twitter)

The world has been taken aback and in last couple of days, the threat of Corona virus has increased multiple folds. The virus has made its presence felt in almost 118 countries across the globe with over 1.2 lakh people getting affected and death toll rising up to 4 thousand. The sports bodies across the world have either cancelled or postponed global and domestic sports tournaments.

However, on a day full of terrible news for cricket fans, Steve Smith, former Australian captain, played an amazing flick shot to give the fans something to cheer about. In the first ODI of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy between New Zealand and Australia, Steve Smith played a mesmerizing flick to send a Lockie Ferguson delivery flying over fine-leg.

After shuffling across stumps, Smith, in his trademark fashion, gloriously picked up the delivery to cart it over fine-leg – using his strong bottom hand grip. Though Smith could not make a significant contribution, yet Australia comfortably won the match by 71 runs.

Opting to bat first, Australia posted a decent score of 258-7 with the help of three half-centuries from Warner, Finch and Labuschagne. In reply, New Zealand batters could not set up the chase as they were bundled out on just 187 runs – not even playing their full quota of overs. The quartet of Pat Cummins, Mitchell March, Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood proved too lethal as Pat Cummins & Mitchell Marsh picked three wickets each and Adam Zampa & Josh Hazlewood shared rest four wickets equally.

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Australian captain Aaron Finch was elated to begin the series on a positive note. “ It was a crucial toss to win on a dry surface. We bowled well in the power play and restricted New Zealand. We both had to adjust to the slowness of the wicket. You had to pick your moments on this wicket,” quipped the Australian captain in post-match presentations.

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