Watch: Smith takes blinder to dismiss Warner, suffers injury scare
Steve Smith never ceases to entertain the fans with his absolute fielding skills. He took a stunning piece of a catch to dismiss David Warner in RR vs SRH IPL 2019 clash at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Saturday but reinjured his right elbow scare while taking a running catch. He also received medical attention soon after the incident.
David Warner who became the first batsman to score 600 runs this IPL tried to hit Oshane Thomas short delivery over extra cover but couldn’t connect the shot well as Smith ran back and with full commitment dived full length to his right to take a catch.
“Hopefully my arm is ok, it hurt initially because of the impact. I’ll get to know more once the tape is off. It was a good end to our home season, the boys pulled things back nicely,” Rajasthan Royals skipper Steve Smith said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
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Steven Smith's brilliant running catch https://t.co/gnMrrIEmEe
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Deciding to bowl first in a must-win encounter, Rajasthan managed to restrict Sunrisers to 160 for eight and then successfully aced the target with 5 balls to spare. This win helped Rajasthan to move to the sixth position with 10 points from 12 games.
But to stay in contention for a playoff berth, Rajasthan Royals first must win their remaining two away games against Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 30 and Delhi Capitals on May 4 and then hope for favourable results from other matches.
Despite facing the defeat, SunRisers Hyderabad got hold of the fourth place with 10 points from 11 games.
Liam Livingstone smashed the bowlers at will as he scored a 26-ball 44 with 4 fours and 3 sixes to his name. Sanju Samson was calm and composed in his approach as he was the top scorer with 48 runs and got the job done for the team.
“Liam Livingstone was magnificent as he played with freedom and got us off to a good start. Samson finished things off nicely. Playing together as a group and we’re winning those key moments. We have been fortunate in the last few games,” Smith added.
The next match against RCB will be Steve Smith’s last match this IPL as he will head back to his home Australia to start preparing for World Cup. “We need to continue winning and you never know. I have got one more to play in Bangalore, it’ll be nice to finish on a winning note. Hopefully, the boys will play well in Delhi as well,” Smith concluded.