Fielding is the most fundamental parameter in the game of cricket. Each and every player in the team try their maximum best by giving everything on the field because little things do make a difference. Fans are blessed to witness some of the top-notch fielding efforts.
The fielder who saves one or two runs might as well turn out to be a game-changing factor in the longer run. This is precisely the reason why it is important to have the fittest players in the team. It is because they whole-heartedly put in full-blooded dives to save runs.
During the second T20I between Australia and Sri Lanka, Steve Smith produced a spectacular fielding effort near boundary ropes while patrolling at deep mid-wicket. However, he failed to save the six and then hurt himself to some extent.
Steve Smith pulls off a tremendous fielding effort against Sri Lanka
Steve Smith’s effort might have ended in vain but that doesn’t change the fact that he gave it all on the field. The incident happened when Sri Lanka’s Maheesh Theekshana lofted the ball in an attempt to clear the fence in the mid-wicket region off Marcus Stonis’ delivery.
As it happened, Smith displayed the finest fielding effort. The Australian cricketer had dived in the air in an attempt to pull the white leather back inside the fence. However, his effort was to no avail as the ball had already touched the ropes. Smith had hurt himself as he landed badly.
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That was a marvelous effort from Steven Smith. Hats off to the commitment! He suffered a concussion and expected to be fine in a week. pic.twitter.com/rG5xhtQ9gP
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) February 13, 2022
Australia posted 164/6 in 20 overs. Josh Inglis top-scored with 48 off 32 balls including 5 boundaries. On the other hand, Sri Lanka responded pretty well as they went on to match Australia’s total. The visitors posted 165/8 in 20 overs.
Pathum Nissanka top-scored with 73 off 53 balls including 7 boundaries and 2 sixes. The game stretched to the Super Over where Sri Lanka set up a target of 6 runs. Aussies chased down the target by smacking 2 fours.
Josh Hazlewood was named the man of the match for his 3/22. Australia won the Super Over and took a 2-0 lead in the five-match T20I series. Sadly, Steve Smith has been ruled out of the remainder of T20Is against Sri Lanka with a concussion.