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Harsh Kalan in Kolkata 23 May 2013 - 08:47pm IST

Ready to take on RR: Smith

Tendulkar likely to play on Friday says his opening partner

After their crushing loss against the Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday, the Mumbai Indians have another chance to make it to the IPL 2013 final. The Rohit Sharma-led side will square off against the Rajasthan Royals – the winners of the Eliminator – on Friday.

However, MI’s hard-hitting opener, Dwayne Smith, believes that his side is ready to take on the spirited Royals. Smith, whose high-profile opening partner has been sidelined due to injury, is likely to feature in the playing XI at the Eden Gardens.

“He has been recovering. So hopefully, he will be in tomorrow,” Smith said. When asked about MI being under additional pressure given their loss in Qualifier 1, Smith pointed out that any team fighting to make the final is under similar pressure. Hence the Royals, who are on an upswing after their four-wicket win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday, will also be feeling the heat according to the MI opener. “I guess for me it’s just like any other match, where I just go out there and get the work done in practice and perform in the game,” added Smith while highlighting his approach to this game. “I don’t try to rate the game bigger than what it is. We just have to be confident and work together to turn in a good performance again.” 

When asked if MI missed the services of experienced campaigners like Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting against CSK, Smith said, “You can’t say that you missed anyone because they weren’t playing in the game. We had a good XI there; we fell short and stumbled a bit.” Smith also talked about how he hopes to bat for a considerable amount of time without squandering the good starts he typically gets. “It’s frustrating to get three fifties and then getting out to careless shots. But I try and take every game as it comes.”

Smith further added that come Friday everyone in the team will have to step up and that the onus should not be on in-form batters like Rohit Sharma alone in the all-important match. “We knew that we had another game also (after losing to CSK). I’m sure the guys know what to do now,” he said.

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