"Some people say we compete against each other but we complement each other really well. We (have) got a good relationship on the field and also off it, get on really well and both our games support one another really well. So I enjoy batting with Smithy," McCullum was quoted as saying by iplt20.com.

Luding the Caribbean batsman, the New Zealand skipper said Smith was "sublime" in the contest."Dwayne Smith today was sublime all the way. He managed to hurt (the opposition) from the beginning. While chasing a big score like 180, we knew that the wicket was good but we had to play pretty well as well. The way Dwayne started, we could give ourselves a good foundation and then the class players came in towards the end," said the 33-year-old.

"(We) didn't really (plan). We knew that the wicket was good, that if we could strike the ball well, be reasonably positive, then we are going to give ourselves a good chance," McCullum added.

"We always try and play reasonably aggressively in this form of the game. Our role within the team is to get us off to a fast start and that's all we try and do. When it comes off, it obviously gives the team a really good foundation."