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Samson hails Smith as world’s best

  • Published at 09:37 pm September 23rd, 2020
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Rajasthan's Steve Smith plays an audacious ramp shot during their IPL match against Chennai in the UAE Tuesday BCCI

Smith struck a fluent 69 to guide the Royals to a 16-run victory over the Super Kings

Rajasthan Royals batsman Sanju Samson said it was an “absolute pleasure” to bat with Steve Smith as the Australian showed no lingering effects from a concussion in helping his side beat Chennai in the Indian Premier League Tuesday.

Smith, who missed Australia’s three-match ODI series against England earlier this month after he was hit on the head by a ball in the nets, struck a fluent 69 to guide the Royals to a 16-run victory over the Super Kings.

He joined the Royals camp last week but his participation in their season-opener had been in doubt until he passed a concussion test.

The 31-year old, who opened the batting, smashed four sixes and four boundaries in a 47-ball 69. 

His second-wicket partnership of 121 with Samson paved the way for the Royals to post a hefty 216/7.

The Super Kings managed 200/6 in response.

Smith’s side face Kings XI Punjab in their next game Sunday.

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