After Kolkata Knight Riders set up a decent total of 160 to chase for Mumbai Indians, the visiting side lost Sachin Tendulkar early on. West Indian opener Dwayne Smith though never looked flustered under pressure and played a remarkable 45-ball-62 to give his team a squeaky win over the home favourites. The game eventually went down to the wire but Smith was always confident about his knock.
"I think my message to myself was to go there and believe in myself, get in and do what I want; because I knew they won't be able to stop me that easy. 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," a laughing Smith told the IPL website..
Smith's innings, studded with three fours and five massive sixes, when looked closely at, had a lot to do with application too. He was particularly subdued against the dangerous Sunil Narine but showed his repertoire of strokes against the likes of spinner Iqbal Abdulla and much-touted Sachithra Senanayake. The Mumbai all-rounder admitted he handled Narine with caution.