Smith helps fire Mumbai to crucial win
MUMBAI, India – West Indies limited overs opener Dwayne Smith extended his rich vein of form in the Indian Premier League to help Mumbai Indians brush aside Sunil Narine’s Kolkata Knight Riders by 65 runs here Tuesday.
The right-hander made a patient 47 off 53 deliveries with seven boundaries as Mumbai, opting to bat first at the Wankhede Stadium, tallied 170 for six off their 20 overs.
Smith put on 93 for the first wicket with Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar who top scored with 48 from 28 balls.
Both departed in the space of four balls, however, with Tendulkar bowled by Rajat Bhatia at the end of the 13th over and Smith holing out to long on off left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla moments later in the next over.
Big-hitting Kieron Pollard failed with four while Narine went wicket-less from his four overs of off-spin.
In reply, Knight Riders’ run chase never got off the ground and they collapsed for 105 in the 19th over.
Mumbai are second in the standings on 16 points behind Dwayne Bravo’s Chennai Super Kings on 18 points.