WATCH: Steve Smith’s Dismissal Spark Controversy In Sydney ODI
By CricShots - Jan 22, 2018 7:22 am
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Australian skipper Steve Smith walked back to the pavilion fuming as the Sydney crowd was stunned to see him going back. They went silent as soon as an “Out” sign flashed on the big screen at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Steve Smith

Smith could hardly believe that he was given out as he was convinced that he will be not out. It was a decision that has given a head-start to the controversy after the third ODI between Australia and England at the SCG on Sunday.

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Australia was chasing a target of 304 runs and had lost three wickets. On the last ball of the 34th over bowled by Mark Wood. Smith and Mitchell Marsh had formed a decent partnership and were taking Australia towards the total. England needed a wicket at the moment to have an opening in the ODI.

Here is the video of the dismissal:

Smith was batting on 45 off 66 balls, threw his bat at a ball outside the off stump and got an outside edge. It was a thick and clear outside edge which dipped on wicketkeeper Jos Buttler. He had to take it extremely low with one hand. Buttler managed to take the catch but Smith wasn’t convinced that the catch was taken clean. With a soft signal of out, the decision was referred to third umpire Kumar Dharamasena.

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After many replays from various angles, the third umpire ruled Smith out. Though it looked very close, Buttler was convinced that it was a clean catch. The Australian skipper had to go back to the hut.

Australia lost the match by 16 runs as well as the ODI series. England has won the third ODI played of the five-match series and taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series. Buttler scored a century off 86 balls for England to help them post a total of 300+.