Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, IPL, Mumbai May 7, 2012

'Take a single ... I shall do the rest' - Smith

ESPNcricinfo staff

"Take a single and give me the strike, I shall do the rest," is what Mumbai Indians allrounder Dwayne Smith said he told RP Singh when 15 runs were needed off the last four balls against Chennai Super Kings. Smith, who was playing his first match of the season, backed himself to score 14 off the final three deliveries, and he did.

Chasing 174, Mumbai Indians were ahead for most of the innings, with Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma putting on a 126-run stand. Following Tendulkar's dismissal for 74, they needed 40 off 25 balls with eight wickets in hand. Mumbai Indians then lost five wickets for 24, leaving Smith and Lasith Malinga to score 16 off the final over, from Ben Hilfenhaus.

Smith managed just a single off Hilfenhaus' first ball, and then watched Malinga get bowled by a yorker. RP Singh pushed the third ball to cover, and gave Smith what he wanted, the strike. "I just backed myself. I know as long as I can watch the ball I can do it," Smith said. "I told him to give me the three balls that were left as I knew I could do it from there."

Having been ignored at the 2012 player auction, Smith was signed by Mumbai Indians as a replacement for the injured Mitchell Johnson and only joined the squad on May 3. "I actually thought I was going to be here with one of the teams from the beginning, but that didn't happen," he said. "But I am happy to be here now and win some games for Mumbai. I remember winning a game for Barbados in similar fashion. It went into the super over. I got two sixes off the last two balls."

Smith clubbing the last three balls for six and two fours to the straight boundary kept Mumbai Indians at No. 3 in the points table and prevented Chennai Super Kings from progressing from No. 4.

The Super Kings coach, Stephen Fleming, said that his team were "favourites going into that last over". "It was an amazing game of cricket, [we have] mixed emotions really," Fleming said. "There was phenomenal see-sawing throughout the day. Through their batting innings we were down and out but we fought back with some great fielding."

The challenge, according to Fleming, would be to lift the players' spirits after such a defeat and get them ready for the final quarter of their league campaign. "We must win three from four games, we played pretty well today and if I get the same performance from my players for the next four games then I think we'll go close," he said. "It's a flat dressing room now but that's the challenge, we have a few days off which is good. We're still in the competition and won't give up."

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  • Matrix on May 9, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    All was going weel for CSK until the last three balls of the penultimate over. Anyone could have done a better job than Hilfenhaus. May be Dhoni should consider Jadeja for death bowling. Its just bad day at the office for CSK and good one (with luck) for MI.

  • Muthuvel on May 8, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    i think WI will win the nxt t20 cup, pollard,gayle,narain, smith

  • joff on May 8, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    Best commentater --- Harsha Bhogle Fav team --- chennai Winning Lineup --- vijay, hussey/faf, raina, badri, dhoni, morkel, jadeja, ashwin, ben hilfenhaus, bollinger, jakati. Old formula --- Strenthen bowlin attack (muralidaran real miss) morkel needs to play well against big teams...... Caution --- ground fielding of jakati & ashwin need to improve, don even miss half chance catches, don miss Direct hits for run outs... Key --- Morkel need to bat/bowl well against big teams, Openers need to play well...Play to your potential... "Chennai U Can Win"

  • Ishan on May 8, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    @riprock...i wud pick the same team but with two way i wud play samuels...he shudn't even b in the squad...i wud put darren bravo or even chanderpaul as an anchor to open with gayle and simmons at 3...ur also forgettin tha lendl can keep so ramdin wudn't b required an we can start kevon cooper...then the trophy wud b ours :)

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Its funny to hear tht Mumbai Indians are winning by luck, how can u defend 120 with luck? nothing can be "done" with luck! if your team wins, then its by performance,batting,bowling. but the opposition wins then its luck?

  • Senthil on May 8, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    I am a CSK fan and the way smith played has flattened me. I have to accept that CSK lags this season and anticipate a finish either at 6th or 7th position. Dhoni's magical wand is waning and miracles are not working any more. We don't have a penetrating bowler this season which is haunting CSK. The moment CSK signed Ravindra Jadeja, something was striking my mind that he is a money waster. CSK have good local players like G.Vignesh, Ganapathy etc but not utilising them by playing a money waster here. Comeon CSK, you are off this season but give some chance to local chennai boys else you may be loosing my support soon !!!

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Tired of reading comments to play Tamim! guys, get a life- there is Luke wright and Samuals sitting on bench, and u expect Tamim to play? No doubt Tamim is a good player but bench has better players than Tamim and Shakib. I understand your support being from Bangladesh but be realistic!

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    Difficult for Chennai to qualify 1. match against Delhi - CSK home record is very poor and Delhi is amazing team 2. match against KKR - difficult to defeat KKR in Kolkota 3. match against RR - RR has always a difficult at their home ground

    They need to win at least 2 of these 3 which is very tough task gien their bowling is not up to the mark. Even MI which was struggling with their batting looked good against CSK bowling.

  • Susobhan on May 8, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    This again proves the poor vision of IPL teams. They can't identify the real T20 players! Dwayne Smith gets a chance accidentally. Andre Russell is yet to play for Delhi. Suddenly Rajasthan Royals keep Kevin Cooper out and Brad Hogg or Botha is playing instead! Shakib got two chances and was MOM in one! Tamim is yet to play!! I second Pablo and RIprock's opinion. WI is damn hot favourite in upcoming T20 World Cup and T&T is hot favourite for upcoming champion's lleague if all the players are available.

  • venkat on May 7, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    CSK has 1 very tough game -- KKR in Kolkata and 3 possibly winnable games. Given that the DD game is in Chennai I consider that winnable. Big hitters of DD won't do great on the Chennai pitch these days. CSK has a reasonable chance of making it to the playoffs as the number 4 team. Then anything can happen. Their batting is coming together. Raina and Dhoni seem to be batting better. Vijay is still unconvincing though relying too much on his loft over midwicket and long on. To strengthen their bowling they should drop Morkel and bring in either Kula or Randiv. Bravo is more realiable, though not as explosive as Morkel, with both bat and ball. In my opinion Bolinger is out for the season based on form -- Hilffy is much better than him these days. They should drop Jakati and bowl another Indian bowler (not Yo Mahesh though).

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