Daredevils vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene is happy opening the innings in the shortest format of the game in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Jaywardene struck a valuable half-century in Daredevils' convincing 37-run win against Mumbai Indians at the Ferozeshah Kotla here Friday night.
The Sri Lankan captain says playing as an opener gives him more opportunities to go for the shots.
"Opening the innings gives me more opportunities to go for runs, hit boundaries during the powerplays, then try and control the situation," Jayawardene said after the match.
Jayawardene said his role as an opener is to anchor the innings.
"We have an understanding among ourselves. Today I got into a rhythm but when Viru got his eye in, I tried to rotate the strike. When (KP) Kevin Pietersen came in he took over. We are a group of players and my job is to complement the likes of Viru, KP, Ross (Taylor) and Irfan (Pathan). We are gelling pretty well," he said.