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Global T20 League: Steve Smith Makes His Comeback In Style After Ball-Tampering Ban

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| June 29 , 2018 , 17:56 IST

Former Australian skipper Steve Smith returned strongly after a long cricket exile. He scored a fast half-century in Global T20 league cricket match in Canada on Thursday.

"I am being honest, I was a little bit nervous today," said the Australian Batsman on his return to the middle.

The 29-year-old is still on the top of the ICC test rankings. He was banned from playing international cricket for his involvement in ball tampering case in a test match against South Africa earlier in March this year.

Smith, playing for Toronto Nationals, impressed everyone with a brilliant knock of 61 runs of just 41 balls. His innings included eight fours and a six, before being stumped and leaving the field.

Smith after the match said, "I didn't feel as good as I would've liked but it's nice to score runs when you're not feeling good."

Smith's side led by Darren Sammy won the toss and elected to bowl first.

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He got under a ball hit by Vancouver’s Evin Lewis that was swirling away from him. Smith was unable to take the catch after which he played a thunderous knock of 96 runs helping his team to set a strong target of 228 runs in the 20 overs.

Smith came in at number three, as he scored a stunner of 61 runs and was appreciated by the crowd with a standing ovation. After receiving such response Smith said “It is nice to hear people supporting you. It is great to have the support so I am thankful that everyone has been supportive since I have been here.”

Toronto won the match by six wickets after former New Zealand international Anton Devcich anchored their chase to score 92 not out as they reached 231 for four in 19.2 over.