Steve Smith had a good match against South Africa during the first T20I at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Friday. He top-scored for Australia as they went on to register an emphatic win over the Proteas. However, the former Aussie skipper did something unusual for which he was at the receiving end as well.
Smith gets booed by the Wanderers crowd
The incident took place after the fourth ball of the third over in first innings. Dale Steyn steamed into bowl a delivery but lost the hold of the ball just as he was into his stride and the ball reached Smith after taking two bounces. The batsman charged down the wicket and hit the ball for a boundary and then asked the umpire about it, but the official had already called it a dead ball, as per the rules.
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Smith, on his part, was baffled to see the call from the umpire while the crowd did not take long to boo him for his actions.
Crowd booing Steve Smith for whacking that dead ball for a boundary..#SAvAUS
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Australia thrash South Africa
Australia had posted a formidable total of 196/6 after being put into bat by the Proteas skipper Quinton de Kock. In reply, the South African run chase never took off as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Left-arm spinner Ashton Agar wreaked havoc as he dismantled the Proteas batting line-up with an outstanding hat-trick. He picked up a wicket-haul as Australia thrashed the visitors by 107 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.