“We had not expected such an easy victory. I won’t say that their bowling was bad but we batted very well,” the West Indian said in the post-match press conference. Smith stood in a record 163-run opening stand with Sachin Tendulkar. “I had a very good partnership with Sachin (Tendulkar) and that helped us win so easily.
“I was just listening to Sachin and did what he said,” Smith, who made an unbeaten 58-ball 87, said. “This victory has certainly given us confidence and we will carry it into the playoff tie against Chennai Super Kings on May 23 in Bangalore,” MI’s latest opener added.
Smith, who joined Mumbai at the halfway stage, has made some telling contributions with the bat in Indian Premier League-V. In an earlier match against Chennai Super Kings, he smashed Aussie pacer Ben Hifenhaus for two boundaries and a six to close out the last-ball thriller in his team’s favour.