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Moises batted brilliantly: Smith

Sixers all-rounder appreciates Henriques’ batting effort

Steven Smith played a crucial supporting role in the Sydney Sixers’ innings to help set up the match against former champions, Chennai Super Kings. The young all-rounder rotated the strike and played the silent partner, while Moises Henriques took apart the CSK bowling attack. Their 75-run whirlwind partnership made all the difference as the Sixers won the game by 14 runs. While speaking to clt20.com, after winning their opening match of the tournament, Smith talked about today’s performance.  

Excerpts from the interview:

The Sixers got off to a cautious start. What was the plan?

Having wickets in the hand helps while playing here in South Africa; so that’s how we started the game and we continued to bat well.

What was it like batting during the last few overs?

It was good. We were just trying to hit the ball out of the ground and get to a good total. 185 was a good total. Shane Watson started very well with the bat, but CSK came back and took wickets in the middle. 

Talk us through your partnership with Moises Henriques, where you played the patient partner while he went after the batting. How did you work out your roles?

It was pretty easy to work that out when Moises started swinging the bat and connecting everything.  He batted brilliantly, he is in good form and hopefully he continues batting like that throughout the tournament.

It was pretty late in the innings, so we were going to just see the ball and see if we can get hold of it, and if you cannot you have to try and we did pretty well in the end.

You have played against CSK while representing the Pune Warriors India in the Indian Premier League 2012. Did that experience help today?

I have played against them a couple of times now; so it always helps to have played against a opposition see what they have got to offer and come up with a  plan.

What was it like batting and bowling against fellow Australians?

It was great to come up against them. They are good players. It was our night and we got home in the end. 

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