Twitter Reactions: Graceful Steve Smith steamrolls Pakistan in Canberra
Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed's fifties went in vain.
Updated - Nov 5, 2019 5:13 pm
Pakistan put up a spirited show in the second T20I at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. But it couldn’t help them evade a defeat. Australia turned out to be a tough nut to crack and won by seven wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Steve Smith showed his class and guided his team to the triumph with nine balls to spare. It was also his second unbeaten fifty in T20Is in the last three games.
Babar gets support from Iftikhar
At the Sydney Cricket Ground, it was all about Babar Azam, who scored a half-century with the rest of the Pakistan batting crumbling. However, in the second game, he got the apt support from Iftikhar Ahmed. After winning the toss and electing to bat, the visitors made a good start courtesy of Azam, who scored 50 off 38. A direct hit from David Warner accounted for his wicket in the 16th over.
Iftikhar took the onus in the death overs and smashed 62 off 34 with five fours and three sixes. He was severe on Kane Richardson, scoring 22 runs in the 19th over. The late blitz helped the Men in Green post a competitive score of 150 on the board. Fakhar Zaman’s horror run in T20Is continued and the likes of Haris Sohail and Mohammad Rizwan also couldn’t make much of an impact.
Smith smothers Pakistan
David Warner started Australia’s run-chase on a positive note. The southpaw smacked four boundaries and raced away to an 11-ball 20. Mohammad Amir cleaned him up to cut short his knock. The other day in Sydney, Aaron Finch demolished Mohammad Irfan. But it was now the turn of the left-arm pacer to make amends. Irfan induced a false shot from Finch, who managed 17 runs.
Then, Steve Smith and Ben McDermott put together a stand of 58 runs off 41 balls to put the Aussies in a commanding position. Imad Wasim trapped the latter on 21 to separate the duo. But Smith carried on and got to his fifty off 36 balls. Ashton Turner played some dot-balls, but Smith didn’t allow pressure to build. He stayed unbeaten on 80 with 11 fours and a six to take his side home.
Here is how Twitter reacted
Well played S.Smith tonite a class above.👏👏
— Mark Waugh (@juniorwaugh349) November 5, 2019
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 5, 2019
— Fawad Ahmed (@bachaji23) November 5, 2019
That was a responsible and match winning innings by @stevesmith49. I think India can follow the same approach. Start hammering from the openers then there is Kohli to do what Smith has done in this match with @ShreyasIyer15 at 4. #AUSvPAK
— Harsh Srivastava (@sriv_harsh) November 5, 2019
A Special innings on a Special day. Yeah! a Special Birthday gift for #KingKohli from #SublimeSmith. From now onwards, don't even dare to say, 'But, but, he can't play T20's' 🙂 #AUSvPAK #SteveSmith #ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/QzmBUWGTYT
— That Cricket Guy (@CrickyTweets) November 5, 2019
— Umar Shahid (@umarsk4680) November 5, 2019
Pakistan in the last 5 T20 matches:
— Johns (@CricCrazyJohns) November 5, 2019
Steven Smith. The best in the world for a reason. #AUSvPAK
— Zain Mallick (@MallickZain) November 5, 2019
Such a joy to watch smith bat. A guy who's not supposed to score all those runs the way he does, yet does it in the freakish way possible. When I watch him bat, there's a broad smile in my face every time. I'll pay to watch him play. #AUSvPAK
— wanderer (@FernandezNitin) November 5, 2019
Another head-shaking knock by Steve Smith, unbeaten 80 off 51 balls to glide #Australia to a 7-wicket T20 win over @TheRealPCB in Canberra. Full of preposterous shotmaking and immaculate piercing of the gaps. A wondrous sight in full flight. #AUSvPAK
— Robert Smith (@OnyaDon) November 5, 2019
— Ayush 🇮🇳 (@iamayush312) November 5, 2019
Babar Azam is so unfortunate!
He is, hands down, the best batsman of his team captaining an under-performing team but he will still get the stick because some biased journalists on prime time television and social media will call him 'selfish'. #AUSvPAK
— Israr Ahmed Hashmi (@IamIsrarHashmi) November 5, 2019
— Talha Hameed Qazi (@iJilawatan) November 5, 2019
Analyze golden run of Pakistan in T20s. Were everytime batsmen reason for wins? Five T20 specialist bowlers were main reason behind being number one in T20 coz 🇵🇰's bowling-unit use to be successful majority times in knocking out opposition 10/10. DECLINE WITH THE BALL!🏏#AUSvPAK
— Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) November 5, 2019
— Prithvi (@The_BeardMan_) November 5, 2019
Nobody is going to talk bout Sarfaraz ?#AUSvPAK
— barelythinks (@HarleyBarelyy) November 5, 2019
— Shaikh Usaid (@ShaikhUsaid4) November 5, 2019
Masterclass knock from Steve Smith take Aussies home.
Once again poor batting let Pakistan down, need improvement. Hard luck, better luck for next. #AUSvPAK
— Fazal Aslam Fazi 🇵🇰 (@Faxal_Aslam) November 5, 2019