New Delhi, Apr 22: Pune Warriors batsman Steven Smith praised his skipper Sourav Ganguly's "gutsy" performance for the team's 20-run win the strong Delhi Daredevils team during the IPL match in New Delhi.
Ganguly's man-of-the-match performance with the bat scoring 41 and claimed two crucial wickets of big hitters Kevin Pietersen and Irfan Pathan to help Pune to 20-run win over a strong Delhi Daredevils side.
Batting first, Ganguly and opener Jesse Ryder (86) added a vital 93 runs for the second wicket to lay the foundation for Pune's 192 for three.
"The boys played really well. Jesse and Sourav were outstanding (with the bat) in the middle overs," Smith, who played a 13-ball unbeaten 34-run cameo, said at the post-match press conference.
Smith, who is playing for the first time in IPL, hopes to retain his place back in the national squad.
"I am really enjoying. It's the first time I am playing in IPL. We have good team, we are a good bunch. As long as we keep improving and play well we will be a force to reckon with in this IPL," he said.
"My main goal is to play for Australia again. In the last three months I have been dropped from all three formats. So, I am just working hard and trying to improve," said Smith about his national prospects.