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Mumbai Indians Still In The Competition Despite Losing To Delhi

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Shane Bond reckoned the Mumbai Indians staff has a whole lot of work to do within the upcoming two matches if they’re to qualify for the playoffs and defend their title. MI misplaced to Delhi Capitals (DC) on Saturday, and they’re now languishing in seventh place with 10 factors from 12 matches.

Defending champions Mumbai Indians are at the moment within the backside half of the IPL factors desk after seven losses from 12 matches. Nevertheless, their bowling coach Shane Bond on Saturday stated they’re “nonetheless within the competitors”.

Shane Bond (BCCI.TV)
Shane Bond (BCCI.TV)

Shane Bond: Mumbai Indians Nonetheless In The Competitors

The five-time defending champions may solely handle a modest 129/8, which Delhi Capitals chased down for a four-wicket win. They subsequent face Rajasthan Royals on the similar venue in three days.

“We’re enjoying okay, we all know that we’re enjoying nowhere close to our greatest, however we’re nonetheless within the competitors,” Bond stated.

“We’ll see what occurs. We solely had high-quality wins, but when we will get two wins underneath our belt and some outcomes go our method,” he stated.

“I don’t assume the plan will change an excessive amount of. We’ve obtained a few areas we have to tidy up. We all know we’re nonetheless within the competitors, though we misplaced as we speak.”

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (BCCI)

Despatched in to bat, Mumbai Indians struggled within the center overs, managing simply 21 runs with the lack of three wickets in 5 overs.

“We thought if we obtained a rating round 145 it might most likely be a successful complete which most likely proved to be proper. Look, the bowlers gave ourselves a possibility to win the sport, however I feel Delhi performed nicely within the center, they took some probabilities and we knew that it was going to get more durable.”

Shane Bond praised Suryakumar Yadav, who regarded to have regained his contact with a 26-ball 33 earlier than being dismissed by Axar Patel.

“He (Surya) simply performed how he usually he performs. He’s hitting the ball fantastically in coaching. He was getting that fluency and regarded like the best way he performed final season. it’s simply unlucky that he’s getting out.”

Shane Bond was additionally optimistic about Suryakumar Yadav getting again to kind. After 4 horrible outings within the UAE, Suryakumar Yadav regarded his typical self in opposition to Delhi however threw away his wicket at a vital juncture. The in-form Suryakumar Yadav has managed solely 222 runs in 12 IPL video games averaging a below-par 18.5. That is in stark distinction to MI’s final season in UAE, the place Suryakumar Yadav had scored 480 runs in 16 video games averaging 40.

Axar Patel Bowed In accordance To The Batsman’s Strengths And Tried To Be Unpredictable

Delhi left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who was adjudged man-of-the-match for his 3/21, stated his plan was to bowl full in opposition to Suryakumar Yadav.

“I used to be bowling in line with the batsmen’s strengths. Surya was largely enjoying sweep and over the quilt pictures. So I used to be bowling him full. I used to be not being predictable and that was the gameplan I had with Rishabh,” stated Patel.

Axar Patel
Axar Patel[photo: Twitter]

Chasing a small goal of 130, Delhi additionally saved shedding wickets, however Shreyas Iyer (33 not out) and Ravichandran Ashwin (20 not out) helped the aspect chase it down in 19.1 overs.

“The wicket is a bit gradual and the ball is stopping a bit, it’s not approaching to bat as you anticipate. It’s laborious to play huge pictures right here,” Patel stated.

The New Zealander Shane Bond felt that the pitch was on the slower aspect, so something in extra of 140 would have been a aggressive complete. Regardless of placing solely 128 on the board, MI was nonetheless in with an opportunity, however a lower-order partnership involving Shreyas Iyer and Ravichandran Ashwin managed to information the DC aspect house.

Mumbai Indians Remaining video games: vs RR (Oct 5), vs SRH (Oct 8)

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