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Smith's premonition before taking screamer

AAP logoAAP 4/12/2016 Steve Zemek

Australian captain Steve Smith has revealed he had a premonition he was about to do something special before taking one of the most remarkable catches in recent memory.

Smith took a one-handed, diving screamer to dismiss New Zealand keeper BJ Watling in Sunday's one-day win at the SCG.

It took just 0.6 seconds for the ball to fly off Watling's bat to backward point where Smith was fielding, but he managed to lunge sideways and pluck it out of the air with his left hand.

What made the catch even better was the way Smith held on to it as he landed heavily face-first.

"I actually had a really good feeling I was going to get that ball," Smith said.

"It was a bit bizarre. I was ready for it and it came pretty quick.

"I got into a good position. It's one of those ones that sticks or it doesn't and fortunately it stuck this time."

It capped a memorable performance from Smith, who smashed a ground-record 164 to guide his side to a 68-run victory.

Black Caps century maker Martin Guptill, who was at the non-striker's end when Smith took his screamer, said he could only look on and applaud.

"There's not too many in world cricket that can take that and it just went straight into his left mitt," Guptill said.

"Hats off to him."

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