Source: Indian Premier League
Odean Smith earned himself a big group of fans on a Sunday night after his stellar performance gave the Punjab Kings their first win of the Tata Indian Premier League 2022.
Smith, who came in when things were starting to slow down in a 206-run chase, scored an unbeaten 25 off just eight deliveries to the utter delight of the Punjab Kings fans, the Sher Squad.
Smith’s intent was very clear when the equation had come to 36 needed off 18 balls. The Jamaican was at 2(3), waiting to unleash the carnage. In the next five legal deliveries the big-hitter faced, he changed the course of the game.
The 18th over, bowled by Mohammed Siraj, further drove the game towards the Punjab Kings, with Odean Smith behind the wheels. He was on strike at the beginning of the over, and went on to slam 23 of the 25 runs that came from it.
The over read - 6, wd, 4, 6, 1, 1b, 6. Shahrukh Khan orchestrated the leg bye single, Mohammed Siraj erred with a wide, but the four other boundaries that came flowing from Smith’s bat were simply confident, powerful shots.
And with that, Smith had turned the tables on RCB, with the Kings needing only 11 off the next 12 deliveries, which were achieved with ease, eventually leading to a five-wicket win.
Fans took to Twitter to share their appreciation for Smith on this special knock.
Andddddddddd it’s odean smith remember the name— Prasanna (@prasannalara) March 27, 2022
Odean Smith is a super striker!! What a run chase by Punjab Kings.— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) March 27, 2022
This is called power hitting, Odean Smith single Handley doing for PBKS. Incredible hitting.— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) March 27, 2022
The Monster 🥵💥— ❣𝐌𝐈❣ 💙🅐🅚★𝓥𝓪𝓵𝓲𝓶𝓪𝓲★ (@ManiTha68350710) March 27, 2022
Odean Smith❤ pic.twitter.com/6NXTzeNUCg
And some people thought that this was just a one match show for IPL auctions... surely Odean Smith is now laughing on all of them 😂 pic.twitter.com/RGiwg1aNZH— Shivasis Mohanty (@DrShivasis) March 27, 2022
The fact that almost all the sixes hit by Odean Smith today were on the off-side many of them too the farthest corner ie deep extra cover.— Vedant Vashist (@thatcrickettguy) March 27, 2022
Is the testament to the power & muscle the man possesses. #PBKSvsRCB pic.twitter.com/HWa9cMtllM