Smith: Form is form anywhere

Pune: Steven Smith of Rising Pune Supergiant celebrates his half century during an IPL 2017 match between Rising Pune Supergiant and Mumbai Indians at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on April 6, 2017. (Photo: IANS) by .
Steven Smith of Rising Pune Supergiant celebrates his half century during an IPL 2017 match between Rising Pune Supergiant and Mumbai Indians at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune (Photo: IANS)
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After guiding the Rising Pune Supergiants to a thrilling last over victory in their 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) opener against the Mumbai Indians, skipper Steve Smith said the venue or pitch conditions do not matter when a batsman is in form…reports Asian Lite News

Pune: Steven Smith of Rising Pune Supergiant celebrates his half century during an IPL 2017 match between Rising Pune Supergiant and Mumbai Indians at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on April 6, 2017. (Photo: IANS) by .
Steven Smith of Rising Pune Supergiant celebrates his half century during an IPL 2017 match between Rising Pune Supergiant and Mumbai Indians at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune (Photo: IANS)

Needing 13 runs in the final over, the Australian took the onus and used the long handle to good effect to guide his team to a superb seven-wicket victory at the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium here on Thursday.

“Form is form anywhere, I guess, so you got to make the most of it when you’re hitting the ball well. It’s a nice place to bat at Pune. Fortunate to get over the line in the end,” said Smith, who blasted an unbeaten 54-ball 84.

“It was nice to hit a couple of sixes to win the game. It was one of those wickets where it was hard to find timing as soon as you come in,” he added.

The 27-year-old also praised South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir for putting the brakes on Mumbai’s scoring rate with three quick wickets.

“Tahir was magnificent, probably called him on a little bit earlier than I would have liked to. Taking wickets through the middle overs was helpful and probably helped us in the end as well,” he said.

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