Steve Smith hits Dale Steyn’s dead ball for four; gets booed by Wanderers crowd

Steve Smith hits Dale Steyn’s dead ball for four; gets booed by Wanderers crowd

The incident took place after the fourth ball of the third over in Australia’s innings.

Dale Steyn and Steve Smith
Dale Steyn and Steve Smith. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Steve Smith and David Warner returned to the place of their infamy after two years as Australia took on South Africa in the first of the three T20I matches at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. The visitors batted first after South Africa won the toss and chose to field first. It was a brilliant outing for the Australians as they managed to put up 196/6 in 20 overs.

South Africa just couldn’t get going in their chase, as four of the top five batsmen fell for single-digit scores. Du Plessis made 24 and Rabada made 22 runs. Ashton Agar was the star of the Australian bowling attack, picking his first five-wicket haul. However, the achievement was even sweeter, as he picked a hat-trick, making him the second Kangaroo bowler to achieve that feat after Brett Lee. South Africa only managed 89 runs and lost by 107 runs.

Steve Smith booed as he hits Steyn’s dead ball for four

However, the focus was on Australian batting and the duo of Steve Smith and David Warner. The crowd in the Wanderers did bring some signs in order to reopen some wounds, but overall, things were pretty quiet. Until Steve Smith decided to get cheeky in the moment of heat while facing Dale Steyn.

The incident took place after the fourth ball of the third over in Australia’s 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 Steve Smith after taking two bounces. Smith 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, a per rules. 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.

Here is the video of the same:

Meanwhile, he had top-scored with 45 runs with 5 fours and 1 six, while skipper Finch made 42 with 6 fours and 1 six. Alex Carey contributed 27 in 20 balls, while Ashton Agar slammed 22* in 9 balls with 2 fours and 2 six. It was enough for Australia to reach 196/6.