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Rising Pune Supergiants' Smith and Stokes collide at the boundary ropes

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Ben Stokes and Steve Smith of the Rising Pune Supergiants suffered a collision at the boundary in an attempt by both players to snatch a spectacular catch against the Kolkata Knight Riders. 

The initial shot that came off the bat of Nathan Coulter-Nile did not seem to be well hit, but just about had the force to reach the ropes. 

Arguably the two most athletic fielders on show, Stokes and Smith, both went for the catch while running along the boundary.

However, the two were not aware of each other's presence and a clear lack of communication led to what appeared to be a head-on collision between the two players. 

Stokes got a hand to the ball first, but the coming together with the on-rushing Smith made the ball pop out of the Englishman's hand and land directly on the ropes resulting in a six. 

The Aussie captain came out worse following the collision after he was tossed onto the advertisement boards with his head making contact with the signs. 

Quickly realising the urgency of the situation, Stokes immediately called for medical backup aware of the fact that his teammate had suffered not one but two collisions during the attempted catch. 

To the surprise of the team physio, Smith was up on his feet fairly quickly following the seemingly agonising experience. 

Known as one of the best fielders in world cricket, the Australian batsman gave a thumbs-up to the doctor and even a slight smile before being led off the field for further medical assurance. 

It's not the first time such a sensational catch has been attempted in the game, with some of the previous efforts leading to spectacular catches and a few ending up behind the ropes. 

However, in this case, slightly better communication might have provided better results for Pune, and Smith for that matter, whereas Stokes came out of the encounter relatively unscathed. 

The match ended in the Supergiants winning by four wickets in the final over with Smith even contributing nine runs to the total. 

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