Australian batting mainstay Steve Smith achieved a record of sorts against India as he notched up his second successive one day international ton against the ‘Men in Blue’ in the 2nd ODI being played at the SCG.
Smith’s blistering 62-ball ton was the icing on the cake in Australia’s power packed all-round performance which saw the hosts setting a massive 390-run target for ‘Men In Blue’.
Smith began from where he left in the opening encounter at the SCG, getting to his whirlwind ton in the same number of deliveries (62) as he did to reach the tripe figure mark in the first ODI. Smith’s ton was also the third joint fastest ODI century (62 balls) by an Australian batsman. Glenn Maxwell (51 balls) and James Faulkner (57 balls) lead the list for the fastest tons for Australia in ODIs.
Steve Smith raises his bat to celebrate his second straight ton against India in ODIs (Image: ICC Twitter Handle)
Coming into bat at No.3, Smith once again looked in great touch with the willow and built his innings by milking the singles. Once he got his eye in, Smith stepped on the acceleration peddle by scoring boundaries with his unconventional strokeplay.
The right handed strokemaker stitched breezy partnerships with David Warner and Marcus Labuschagne to anchor the innings in the middle order and lay a very strong foundation for his team.
Smith’s ton was his fifth against India and eleventh overall in one day international cricket. He is now the second highest ton maker behind Ricky Ponting (6) for Australia against India in ODIs.
Steve Smith hitting a shot enroute his ton against India in 2nd ODI at Sydney (Image: ICC Twitter)
Smith is now placed fifth in overall list of ton makers in India vs Australia ODIs. Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar top the list with nine tons. The Master Blaster is followed by Virat Kohli (8), Rohit Sharma (8) and Ricky Ponting (6).
Smith also joined an elite list of batsman to score two or more consecutive tons against India in ODIs. Pakistan batting great Zaheer Abbas became the first batsman to score three consecutive centuries against India in ODIs. South African opener Quinton de Kock and New Zealand middle order batsman Ross Taylor have also scored three straight ODI tons against India