Steven Smith joined the centurion's club in the 2016 Indian Premier League as he blasted his maiden Twenty20 century in the game between Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions at the MCA stadium in Pune on Friday.
Smith, whose previous highest Twenty20 score was 90 against South Africa, notched up his landmark in the final over of the Rising Pune Supergiants' innings when he pulled Dwayne Bravo to deep mid wicket for a boundary.
The Australian skipper became the first Rising Pune Supergiants batsman to score a century in the Indian Premier League. He is the third batsman, after Delhi Daredevils' Quinton de Kock and Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper, Virat Kohli to score a century in this edition of the Indian Premier League.
Smith made full use of the life he was given on 41 when he was bowled by left-arm chinaman Shivil Kaushik. However, no part of the bowler's foot was behind the line and he was called back.
Smith's effort helped Rising Pune Supergiants post against Gujarat Lions. The right-hander shared a 111-run stand with Ajinkya Rahane, which was the first century stand for Rising Pune Supergiants in this tournament. He shared a blazing 64-run stand with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni but fell with three balls to spare as he chopped a Bravo delivery back on to the stumps.