IPL 2017: We have dealt with chases brilliantly, says Mumbai Indians’ Shane Bond

Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond said their ability to perform well in pressure situations one of the factors behind their success.

ipl 2017 Updated: Apr 20, 2017 00:15 IST
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Krunal Pandya of Mumbai Indians (right) and Rohit Sharma celebrates during their win against Kolkata Knight Riders in their 2017 Indian Premier League match at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 9. (BCCI)

Mumbai Indians have been one of the in form sides of the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) and bowling coach Shane Bond believes that it is thanks to their ability to perform under pressure.

“We have done well in pressure situations this year and that has been one of the big factors behind our success. Chasing always comes with extra pressure and we have dealt with it brilliantly,” said Bond ahead of Mumbai Indians’ IPL match against Kings XI Punjab.

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Mumbai Indians had a disappointing start to the tournament when they were defeated by Rising Pune Supergiant. But, since then, they have completed a record four consecutive run chases and are currently second on the IPL points table.

The batting has certainly been the strong point for Mumbai Indians this season, but Bond said that it will be unwise to overlook the bowlers’ contributions.

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“I think our bowlers have done a wonderful job in this tournament. We have six specialist bowlers and the Pandya brothers --- Krunal and Hardik --- adds more quality to our attack.”

Kings XI Punjab have faced defeat in their last three matches and are currently fifth in the points table with four points. But Bond said that this is just a lean patch for the home side and they will not be taking them lightly during their encounter on Thursday.

“We try to treat all the teams in this competition equally. We cannot let our guards down just because they (Kings XI Punjab) lost some matches. The result will depend on who performs well on a specific day and we will not be taking them lightly.”

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The pitch at the Holkar Stadium in Indore has provided good movement to the fast bowlers this season and Shane Bond believes that the trend will continue on Thursday.

“The wicket looks quite good and the grass covering will make our fast bowlers very happy. The only thing that we have to get accustomed to is the bounce. The bounce in this wicket is more than what we are used to at the Wankhede and the batsmen need to watch out for that.”

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The Holkar Stadium has hosted two matches this season and both the matches were won by Kings XI Punjab batting second. However, Shane Bond said toss won’t play a major role in Thursday’s encounter.

I don’t think that the toss will matter much in tomorrow’s game. I know that teams tend to bowl first after winning the toss in Indore, but we won’t mind batting first. Our batsmen will be looking to score anything over 180 on this pitch and our bowlers are quite capable of defending a total like that.”

First Published: Apr 20, 2017 00:15 IST