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Sharma praises batsmen

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma heaped praise on openers Michael Hussey and Lendl Simmons, after they beat Rajasthan Royals, in Ahmedabad, on Monday. Hussey and Simmons stitched together a 120-run first wicket stand that helped the MI register a comprehensive 25-run victory.

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Rohit Sharma: We had a great start to our innings. Hussey and Simmons gave us an opening partnership of 100+ runs… that’s incredible.

The wicket was slow and the ball was turning also, but credit to the batsmen for playing well. Posting a huge total was not easy on that wicket.

Pollard’s catch was amazing. We’ve seen him take a lot of good catches and today’s catch was more special because we pulled off a great win. We don’t want to look too far ahead. We just want to win the remaining games and stay in the tournament for as long as possible.

Shane Watson: First of all, we misread the conditions. I couldn’t imagine that the wicket would turn as much as it did in the second innings. MI’s world-class spinners, especially Ojha and Harbhajan, then made it very difficult for us to score.

Certainly No. 8 was not the ideal position for Brad Hodge to come in to bat. It’s not that it was without any reason. We were trying a few options to make an impact through that middle period.

Michael Hussey (MoM): It was good fun out there and I was enjoying the opening partnership with Simmons. He’s a good player and a great striker of the ball. The wicket slowed down as the innings progressed. So we two decided to stay at the wicket and play for as long as possible because it was always going to be difficult for a new batsman to come in and get settled immediately.