Ever since his reintegration into the national team, Australian middle-order batsman Steve Smith has refused to look back. In both red-ball and white-ball cricket, Smith continued to rise as he looks focused to make amends for the year he lost.
After missing out on an ODI ton in Rajkot, Steve Smith went one step ahead in the decider at Bengaluru to muster his 9th ODI century. In a sublime innings of 131 runs consuming 132 balls, the batting great struck 14 fours and a six to remind everyone of his prowess. Smith was found equally good against pace as well as spin which allowed him to dictate terms. Doing so, he also reached the landmark of scoring 4000 runs in ODI cricket.
His sturdy batting performance, complemented by Marnus Labuschagne’s half-century, allowed Australia to post a total of 286 runs. However, the flat track of Bengaluru demanded more from the yellow jersey as the men in blue recorded a victory after getting engaged in a gripping battle.
In response to Australia’s 286 runs, India was lifted by Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli which installed the blue team in a commanding position. The home team chased the total inside 48 overs to win the three-game series 2-1.