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Channel Nine 'caused' Steve Smith's dismissal in Australia's Twenty20 loss to India

Did Channel Nine cost Steve Smith his wicket in Tuesday night's Twenty20 match?

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Kohli sends Smith off with sledge

He'd been providing on-field commentary for Channel Nine, so when Steve Smith was dismissed for 21, Indian star Virat Kohli sent him off with a sledge.

Champion India batsman Virat Kohli seemed to think so.

Smith had been guiding Australia into a strong position, chasing India's imposing 3/188, when he mis-timed a push down the pitch from Ravi Jadeja's bowling and was caught by Kohli at mid-off.

Kohli - who had earlier anchored India's innings with an unbeaten 90 - gave Smith a fiery parting shot, which included indicating he wasn't impressed with Smith's chatter. Many viewers believed Kohli was referring to Smith's ongoing conversation with the Nine commentary team, which he had mic'd up in his ear. Others suggested it was in response to sledging he copped during his knock.

Either way, Kohli had the last laugh as the tourists claimed a 37-run win.


"Just trying to keep things simple," Kohli said of his growing reputation and fine form in Adelaide, especially, where he has made three centuries in four Test innings, a one day ton and now 90 not out from 55 balls in a T20 international.

"I could take this stadium with me wherever I bat ... this stadium is right up there with anywhere in the world," Kohli said.

Captain MS Dhoni said Kohli's secret was being able to calculate his risks.

"Everybody can play the big shot but it's how you calculate it," Dhoni said.

"He is also somebody who looks to score in front of the wicket. He is a good cutter and puller of the ball also. But at the same time he looks to hit in front of the wicket, that always give him the chances of being successful.

"And he is somebody who reads the game well. Right from when he started, whenever we had any kind of interaction, he is always looking to improve himself as a cricketer.

"And I feel that is something that helps you improve, if you have that kind of curiosity. It helps you become a better cricketer."

Australian captain Aaron Finch said it was near futile setting a field for Kohli, given the stroke player's soft hands, supple wrists and twinkling feet.

"He doesn't seem to hit it to too many fielders so sometimes it doesn't really matter where you put them," Finch said.

"The way that he uses his hands. He's a great player off the back foot. Off the front foot he can use his feet. He's good against spin - he's a pretty complete player.

"And when you're looking at trying to restrict his scoring, the way he's so good with his wrists it means he can just get it into gaps.

"He runs hard, so he's always putting pressure back on the bowlers.

"And that is what makes him such a great player."


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