The first test match of the three test match series between Australia and South Africa began today at the Gabba, Brisbane. The day saw many headline-worthy moments, including the dismissal of Steve Smith. Anrich Nortje dismissed the Aussie batter for 36 runs by beating his defence.
Anrich Nortje is among the fastest bowlers going around, and he made the ball talk against Australia on the first day of the Gabba. Steve Smith had been piling up runs since he reworked his technique. The dismissal came at a time when Australia looked like cruising towards the end of day one with just a fall of three wickets.
Nortje got the timely dismissal of Smith as he was involved in a 117-run partnership with Travis Head, and the hosts were cruising along. Before the end of the day’s play, the Proteas got two quick dismissals finishing the day on a high on a not-so-great day for them, especially with the bat.
Here’s the video of Steve Smith’s dismissal:
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In their first innings the visitors South Africa were bowled out for 152 in under 50 overs. The only positive for their batting was wicketkeeper Kyle Verreynne who scored a 64 run knock to take the team to this total. Amongst the Australian bowlers Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon both picked up three wickets each with Captain Pat Cummins and Scott Boland picking two each.
Australia lost David Warner on the first ball of their innings and lost two quick wickets of Usman Khawaja and the in-form Marnus Labuschangne. They were reduced to 27-3 until Head and Smith revived the innings. The day ended with the hosts scoring 145-5 with Travis Head remaining unbeaten at 78 and the team is trailing by a mere 7 runs to take a lead in the first innings.