Srinagar: Australia’s star batter on Saturday smashed his second consecutive T20 century for Sydney Sixers in the match of Big Bash League (BBL) T20 against Thunders.
In front of a sold out SCG crowd of 38,757, Smith looked in tremendous flow to score his second hundred to lead the Sixers to an imposing 2-187 from 19 overs.
Smith hit nine sixes in his 66-ball stay – including one over mid-wicket off spinner Usman Qadir to bring up his century – finishing unbeaten on 125 as the Sixers posted their second largest total of all-time against crosstown rivals the Thunder.
The 33-year-old now has 262 runs striking at 175 in his three hits in BBL 12.
His 18 sixes in those three knocks also have him equal top for the most times clearing the fence in the tournament alongside Tim David and Matt Short who have played 12 and 13 games in BBL|12 respectively.
In reply, the Thunder were never in it as they slumped to 3-17 with the hero from last match Matthew Gilkes, Blake Nikitaras and Oliver Davies all out for single figures.
When David Warner fell for 16 (23) with the score 5-38 in the ninth over, the Thunder’s hopes went with him as they were bowled out for 62 in the 15th over to leave their finals hopes hanging by a thread.
They’ll remain in fourth for now on 12 points but the Heat (11 points) and Hurricanes (10 points) each have two matches still in hand.