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Dwayne Smith gets Mumbai Indians back on track in IPL

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Dwayne Smith helped Mumbai Indians to successive IPL victories on Wednesday, by scoring 62 runs against the Kolkata Knight Riders.

The right-hander needed just 45 balls to set up the chase of KKR’s total, which was achieved with a mere one delivery remaining.

Speaking after the match, he said: “Today I just thought I had to give my team a good start, and I did it.

“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’s innings included three fours and five sixes, but he denied targeting a particular bowler to score runs off of.

“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 wickets for them.”

However Narine – who is currently the competition’s leading wicket taker with 14 – did send the West Indian back to the pavilion.

The Barbados-born opener said: “Eventually I gave away my wicket to him which was disappointing. I should have batted on and tried to get the side home.”

Mumbai are currently in sixth place after the win, but have posted three victories in their last five matches after a poor start.

By contrast the Knight Riders have lost four of their last five and sit in seventh, despite opening with two victories from two.

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