It was also Smith’s first century in Australia since December 2017 in a drawn Test against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The Pakistan captain hit a stroke-filled 103 off 104 balls and shared a second-wicket partnership of 177 with Imam-ul-Haq, who made 70. But Babar's dismissal started a collapse in which fast bowler Anrich Nortje took four wickets in four overs.
Social media immediately went into overdrive with cries that de Kock had flouted the law on fake fielding, which states that "it is unfair for any fielder willfully to attempt, by word or action, to distract, deceive or obstruct either batsman after the striker has received the ball."
The coronavirus may have struck shortly before the English cricket season was due to start but it threatens to have major implications for the game worldwide.
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam’s stunning knock of 158 was in vain as England’s second string side completed a record run (332) chase at Edgbaston to win by three wickets and clinch the three-match One-day International series 3-0.
Liam Livingstone slammed the fastest T20I ton by an England player but couldn't take his side to victory as Pakistan notched a 31-run win in the opening tie of the three-match series at Trent Bridge.
Half-centuries from Jason Holder and Nicholas Pooran in a 93-run partnership guided the West Indies to a series-levelling four-wicket win the second One-Day International (ODI) of the three-match series against Australia.
The world governing body of the sport, the International cricket Council (ICC) said it had also looked into the recent allegations and found no reason to doubt the integrity of the 2011 final, won by India.
Though there was a rearguard action from Hardik Pandya, who got his highest ODI score (90 off 76 balls) and added 128 runs for the fifth wicket with opener Shikhar Dhawan (74 off 86), Australia's total of 374 for six wickets in 50 overs.
The news will be a massive financial blow to embattled Cricket South Africa (CSA) and also casts doubt on their ability to host future tours, with Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Australia all set to play in the country in the coming months.