Video: Fans boo Smith as latter hits Steyn’s dead ball for a four
Australia’s best batsman Steve Smith received an unwelcoming reception from Proteas fans during the first T20I match against South Africa at Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. In fact, this is the first meeting between the two teams since the infamous ball-tampering scandal that rocked the cricketing fraternity back in 2018.
Smith was handed a one-year ban along with his deputy David Warner for altering the condition of the ball with the use of the sandpaper. Steve Smith had a pretty decent against South Africa as he top-scored for the team with 45 runs on the back of five fours and a six. Australia beat the visitors by 107 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
During the match, the former Aussie skipper Steve Smith did something strange for which he was at the receiving end. The incident happened at the fourth ball of the third over in the first innings when South Africa pacer Dale Steyn bowled a delivery that bounced a couple of times before reaching Steve Smith and the latter punished the ball by scoring a four.
Smith had then asked the umpire about it, but the official had already declared it a dead ball, as per the rules. But Smith was not pleased with the decision and soon after that, Proteas fans started booing Steve Smith.
Watch the video below
— Adam Dhoni (@AdamDhoni1) February 22, 2020