'No Way We Should've Gone For 54 runs in Last 3 Overs on That Ground': Shane Bond Criticises MI Bowlers

May 17, 2023 - 16:27
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Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond lashed out at his bowlers for their below-par show against Lucknow Super Giants in the Indian Premier League match on Tuesday. After a brilliant start with the ball, Mumbai failed to contain Lucknow and went on to leak too many runs in the death overs.

LSG were 35/3 after 6.1 overs but Marcus Stonis displayed his brute power to help them post a challenging 177/3 in 20 overs. Stonis took over the charge over MI bowlers and stamped his authority over them during his unbeaten 89-run knock which was laced with 8 sixes and 4 fours.

Bond said leaking 54 runs in the last three overs is unacceptable on a ground like Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow.

“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. There’s no way we should have gone for 54 runs in the last three overs on that ground. It was just poor,” Bond said in the post-match press conference.

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