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Bowling coach Shane Bond rues mistakes by Mumbai Indians bowlers

'For me, the most frustrating thing is about not sticking to the plans that we talk about', says Bond

PTI Lucknow Published 18.05.23, 05:20 AM
Shane Bond

Shane Bond

Mumbai Indians’ bowling coach Shane Bond has expressed his frustration with the team’s bowling unit for committing the “same mistake over and over again” in match situations, most recently against Lucknow Super Giants.

Mohsin Khan made a fine comeback from a long injury lay-off as the left-arm pacer defended 11 runs in the final over against the destructive Tim David to hand the Super Giants a five-run win over MI here on Tuesday.


This was after the Super Giants recovered from 123/3 in 17 overs to score 177 by the end of their innings, with Chris Jordan going for 24 runs in the 18th over. Mumbai Indians conceded more than 50 runs in the last three overs.

“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.

“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 way to an unbeaten 89 off 47 balls. “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 (Tuesday).”

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