“We Didn’t Bowl There Consistently Enough”, Shane Bond Slams MI Bowlers

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Mumbai Indians’ bowling coach Shane Bond Slams MI Bowlers for committing the “same mistake over and over again” in match situations.

Shane Bond Slams MI Bowlers

Shane Bond’s comment came after Mumbai’s recent loss against LSG yesterday. Mumbai Indians lost the match by just 5 runs. Winning the toss, Mumbai choose to bowl first where LSG scored 177 runs for 3 wickets loss. Stoinis scored 89 runs in 47 balls and led the team towards this glorious score.

While chasing, Mumbai made a decent start but failed to long last the inning. Mumbai where in need of 11 runs in the final 6 balls while Mohsin Khan bowled the over. Mumbai’s aggressive batters Time David and Cameron Green failed to score the run required for the victory.

Notably, Mumbai Indians conceded more than 50 runs in the last three overs of LSG innings.

“For me, the most frustrating thing is about not sticking to the plans that we talk about. We were very clear with what we wanted to do on this wicket to players like Marcus (Stoinis) and where we wanted to bowl, we didn’t bowl there consistently enough,” Bond said at the post-match press conference.

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“When you’re looking at a team plan, you’ve got to get the batsmen to hit in areas where you want them to hit. Make it as hard as possible for them. You don’t want them to hit you in areas that they want to hit.

“We saw that with Stoinis — a fine player. We knew he was trying to hit straight down the ground and we dished out balls for him to do it. In the end, his innings was the difference between the two teams.” Stoinis flaunted his raw power on his way to an unbeaten 89 off 47 balls as LSG recovered from a poor start to post a competitive total.

Stoinis smashed eight sixes in his belligerent knock and shared an 82-run partnership with stand-in skipper Krunal Pandya (49 retired hurt) after LSG found themselves reeling at 35 for three in the seventh over.

Bond added, “We’ve always prided ourselves in our preparation, the work that we do behind the scenes and how we review the game — the mistakes on which we want to improve. The frustrating thing is that we’re making the same mistake over and over again. From my point of view, it’s disappointing.

“For 15 overs, we were excellent, we delivered what we wanted to. One player put us under pressure. That’s what Rashid Khan did the other night and we made the same mistakes. It didn’t cost us in the last game, it definitely cost us tonight.

“You can never stop good players from scoring runs. You’d rather have players scoring 89 from 47 be at 70 from 47. Those 17 to 20 runs can make a difference. We’ve talked about that at Wankhede over the course of the year. You are talking about a difference of 10-15 runs,” he said.

“There’s no way we should have gone for 54 runs in the last three overs on that ground. It was just poor.” Mohsin, who missed the whole of the domestic season due to a shoulder injury, helped LSG take a major step towards a top-four finish by holding his nerve in the final over.

Mumbai too remain in contention for a play-off spot despite the loss. Mumbai Indians will play their final league game against SRH on May 21 in Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

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