Kolkata v Mumbai, IPL 2013, Kolkata April 25, 2013

'I knew KKR wouldn't be able to stop me easily' - Smith

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dwayne Smith, with 62 off 45, helped Mumbai Indians arrest a slump by scoring a five-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday. While he was disappointed not to stay on till the end after setting up the chase, Smith said, he was always confident of dealing with Knight Riders' bowlers.

"My message to myself was to go there, get in and do what I want; I knew they won't be able to stop me that easily," Smith told the IPL site after the match. "I am the kind of guy who believes in doing what I know best. Today I just thought I had to give my team a good start, and I did it."

Smith's innings included three fours and five sixes and, while he managed just 2 off 6 balls against Sunil Narine, he took apart Knight Riders' supporting spinners, Sachithra Senanayake and Iqbal Abdulla. He smacked 20 off 8 off Senanayake, and 31 off 19 from Abdulla.

He did not look to go after any bowler in particular, Smith said: "I did not target any bowler. My plan was to get as much as possible from any bowler bowling to me, apart from Sunil Narine, because he was the one who was taking the wickets for them.

"Eventually I gave away my wicket to him which was disappointing. I should have batted on and tried to get the side home."

Left-arm spinner Abdulla, playing his first game of the tournament, began with a testing over in which he conceded just one run, before being hit for six four times by Smith. Abudulla, who was the Under-23 Player of the IPL in 2011, was not too discouraged though. "I feel it was Dwayne Smith's day today," he said. "I had bowled the second over of the match, wherein Smith could score only one off me. There was even a small chance off the third ball that could have got him out, he was saved [from being bowled] just by an inch. I guess had we got that wicket, it would have been a different result."

The conditions, after the rain leading up to the match, had proved to be a bit difficult for Knight Riders' bowlers, Abdulla said. "The ball was getting wet just a bit and it was difficult to grip the ball. Apart from Sunil Narine, I guess Senanayake and myself could not extract as much spin from the wicket."

Still, the target of 160 was enough for the bowlers to work with, he said. "We were playing at home and we always had the confidence in our bowling. One-sixty was defendable on this wicket. It is just that we did not pick wickets at regular intervals."

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  • peter on April 26, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    McCullum has got to play in place of kallis next game, they need a dynamic no.3, McCullum is difference between 150 and 180 score

  • Dummy4 on April 25, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    @chris292917 ur"The best there was, The best there is and the best there will ever be: bret the hitman heart brian lara" scored 46 frm 6 innings in icl with best of 16 where standarg of bowling was nowhere near to dat of ipl............srt at least scored a 50 & a 44........

  • Zsam on April 25, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    KKR are handicapped with two slow coaches: Kallis and Tiwary. If Kallis plays as a fast allrounder, then Tiwary needs to go in place of another local bat. In fact get Mc Cullum for Das also. Kallis, Mc Cullum, Morgan and Narine should be there with Yusuf as another spinner. And next season get some explosive local batsman and to bolster the middle order. KKR batting seems to end with Eoin Murugan.

  • o on April 25, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    Dwayne Smith should have been opening since the start of season. Remember last year when he didn't get much of a shot when he was asked to open near then end of season and got 87 not out chasing 163 v RR ? http://www.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2012/engine/match/548377.html He has always been the best option because once he gets in he can go at serious rate much like Gayle, that is problem with Sachin and Ponting even if they get in they don't have ability to clear ropes and go at such speed. Great innings perfectly measured I hope to see many more for him in IPL because when he gets going he's one of best to watch as balls are sailing into the stands !

  • chris on April 25, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    WI players are really making a name for themselves and representing.Stop fighting down the guy.give him a chance.lets see how he goes in the other matches and then make your comments. what about sachin.one score in 7 matches. he is a liability.speak about that.The best there was. The best there is and the best there will ever be....... the great BRIAN CHARLES LARA.:)

  • Ajeesh on April 25, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    Well i have Suggestion... why dont MI try Bhajji opening with sachin?? they do support eachother..bhajji test hunderd was an inspiration from sachin.. ?? that wud be a gud try ...

  • Dummy4 on April 25, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky pointing should dropped because they are not playing well so they should be rested .MI have to give chance to Youngsters.....

    In My point of view Mumbai Indians should select this team for the upcoming matches.

    D.smith, A. Rayudu, R.sharma, Dinesh Kartik, James Franklin, K.Pollard, Jalaj Saxena, Surya Kumar yadav, Harbajhan, Malinga, Pragyan Ojha

  • charlie on April 25, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Yes ! That Smith is not that good a batsman , or a regular member of the MI ,is the problem with the team today . Look at what the great batsmen of the team have done todate . One is as good as one does .

  • Ali on April 25, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    why did Kallis not bowl ?

    Kallis's bowling was fundamental to KKR's success in the last IPL .....

    Kallis was not simply a batting alrounder , who put in 4 overs...

    Kallis picked up wickets ...

    I think Kallis needs to bowl 2-3 overs in the Middle ...

    Narine was used up before the end... and you need Narine to bowl the 17th and 19th overs ...

  • Dummy4 on April 25, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    replace kallis & give a chance to Ryan ten doeschat....bad luck for kkr that they dont have shakib currently :-(.I dont like the captaincy of gambhir..he is a good batsman but not a good captain..I think manoj tiwary should be the captain of kkr

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