Superman Smith stuns Eden crowd

Smith almost gave Pune Warriors their third breakthrough in the fourth ball of the 15th over off left-arm spinner Murali Kartik. The young Australian make a full length dive to take a brilliant catch off Yusuf Pathan, when he was on three, on the boundary but realising that he was going over the boundary, flung the ball back in what surely saved four runs for the Pune Warriors.

A series of pictures shows Pune Warriors India’s Steve Smith attempting a catch at the boundary during their IPL match against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday. (1) An air-borne Smith catches the ball, but (2 & 3 ) realising he will fall over the ropes, he flicks the ball back into play. Pics/AFP

Yusuf, however, failed to make the most of the opportunity and in his attempt to hit out Bhuvaneshwar Kumar found Smith taking a safe catch at long-on. Smith’s another brilliant effort on the boundary went in vain in the 18th over as he tried to pluck it right at the edge of the fence but Debabrata Das’ shot just managed to cross the boundary for a six. Smith later said he was disappointed having dropped Pathan on the first chance as he had set some high standards for himself on the field. “I was lucky enough to pull it back on the first occasion. I practice that stuff all the time and I was pretty disappointed when I dropped it. I had set some high standards for myself on the field,” said Smith during the innings break.

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