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A privilege to bat with Sachin, says Smith

Jaipur: Dwayne Smith may have produced a blistering 58-ball unbeaten 87 at the top of the order but Mumbai Indians skipper Harbhajan Singh said on Sunday that the team are still looking to get the right opening combination.

“We are still trying to figure out who is the best partner for (Sachin) Tendulkar,” Harbhajan said after his team crushed Rajasthan Royals by 10 wickets here on Saturday.

The skipper said the likes of Herschelle Gibbs and Smith have given the team options.

“Gibbs has done well in a few innings, Smith did well today. It gives us options.”

Harbhajan further added, “Our fielding was probably slightly better than what Rajasthan Royals did today.”

Man of the Match Smith, who shared an IPL record 163-run opening-wicket partnership with Tendulkar, was pleased to bat with the veteran batsman. “It was a great privilege to bat with Tendulkar. I have been opening for some time now, it was not new for me. It is good to get some runs, it is crunch time in the tournament now,” Smith said. (PTI)