Mumbai, May 7: The star batsman who guided Mumbai to a two-wicket win at home on Sunday against Chennai Super Kings, Dwayne Smith has said, he knew Mumbai would win if he was at the crease.
Chasing 174 to win, Mumbai got off to a good start as Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma added 126 runs for the second wicket but a few wickets in the middle put pressure on the tail, as Dwayne Smith who walked in after the fall of Ambati Rayudu, scored a brilliant 24 off 9 balls which included a six and two fours in the last three balls of the innings.
"I just backed myself. I know as long as I can watch the ball I can do it. I just asked RP (Singh) to take a single and give me the strike. I told him to give me the three balls that were left.
Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni handed the ball to Ben Hilfenhaus who was truly exceptional against Deccan Chargers to help his team win the match by 10 runs. With 16 runs needed off the last over against Mumbai Indians, Hilfenhaus gave away just 2 runs and picked up a wicket off the first three balls and Chennai looked relieved.
"I knew I could do it from there," Smith said, with inimitable calmness, after Mumbai won the match by two wickets.
Having asked RP Singh to take a single and give him the strike, Smith was confident of changing the result of the match, as he concentrated and got a six off the fourth ball and followed it up with two boundaries to seal the win in Mumbai's favour.
"I actually thought I was going to be here with one of the teams from the beginning, but that didn't happen. 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 said.