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07:12 AM, September 24, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 07:15 AM, September 24, 2020

Smith’s 69 guides Rajasthan

Rajasthan Royals batsman Sanju Samson said it was an "absolute pleasure" to bat with Steve Smith as the Australian showed no lingering effects from a concussion in helping his side beat Chennai in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday.

Smith, who missed Australia's three-match ODI series against England earlier this month after he was hit on the head by a ball in the nets, struck a fluent 69 to guide the Royals to a 16-run victory over the Super Kings.

He joined the Royals camp last week but his participation in their season-opener had been in doubt until he passed a concussion test.

The 31-year-old, who opened the batting, smashed four sixes and four boundaries in a 47-ball 69. His second-wicket partnership of 121 with Samson paved the way for the Royals to post a hefty 216-7.

"Absolute pleasure to bat with him. He is the world's best batsman," said Samson, who was named the Man of the Match for his 32-ball 74. "When he goes out and bats 20 overs, it becomes easy for the others coming in."

The Super Kings managed 200-6 in response.

Smith's side face Kings XI Punjab in their next game on Sunday.

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