Smith, who came in to bat at number 3, was a crucial asset for Australia after the early loss of opener Mitchell Marsh, who scored just 9 runs. Alongside David Warner, Smith forged a century partnership that seemed to set Australia on a steady path.
Steve Smith’s innings of 71 runs in 68 balls was a standout performance. He managed to find the boundaries nine times and even sent one over the rope for a six.
However, the turning point of the match came when Smith was caught out by Aryan Dutt of the Netherlands, thanks to a spectacular catch by Merve. This dismissal was referred to the third umpire for confirmation, but Smith had to make his way back to the pavilion.
Watch the Incident Here:
Van Der Merwe caught Warner with a stunner catch but 3rd Umpire says "Not Out"🤪 He immediately took yet another stunner of Steve Smith, 3rd Umpire says "Out"🤪— DaebakAnkita💃 (@DaebakankitaF) October 25, 2023
If Ausies had taken catch vl Umpire even refer to 3rd Umpire 🤔#AUSvsNED #NEDvAUS #Umpiring #SteveSmith #DawidWarner pic.twitter.com/ICme5TVfDo
Notably, David Warner had a close call himself, narrowly escaping a catch. Fortunately for him, luck was on his side, and he continued to anchor Australia’s innings, eventually reaching 95 runs in 81 balls. Marnus Labuschagne also contributed with 47 runs.
The Netherlands’ Aryan Dutt’s delivery proved to be the undoing of Steve Smith, and Merve’s catch was nothing short of extraordinary.
Social media was abuzz with praise for Merve for his outstanding fielding effort. This catch played a crucial role in the Netherlands’ success in dismissing Smith, a key Australian batsman.
As of the time this report was written, Australia had reached a total of 228 runs in 34 overs with the loss of two wickets. The World Cup 2023 points table revealed that India was leading with a perfect record, having won all five of their matches and accumulating 10 points.
South Africa was second with eight points after winning four out of five matches, while New Zealand also had eight points.
The match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Arun Jaitley Stadium had its fair share of drama, including the use of third umpire reviews.
However, in the case of Steve Smith’s catch, the decision ultimately favored the Netherlands, adding more excitement and suspense to the game.