Mumbai Indians still in competition, says bowling coach Shane Bond

The five-time champion Mumbai Indians could only manage a modest 129/8 which Delhi Capitals chased down for a four-wicket win.

Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond.   -  IPL/Sportzpics

Defending champion Mumbai Indians is currently in the bottom half of the IPL points table after seven losses from 12 matches but its bowling coach Shane Bond on Saturday said the team is "still in the competition".

The five-time champion could only manage a modest 129/8 which Delhi Capitals chased down for a four-wicket win.

"We are playing okay, we know that we are playing nowhere near our best, but we are still in the competition," Bond said.

"We'll see what happens. We only had fine wins, but if we can get two wins under our belt and a few results go our way," he said.

It next faces Rajasthan Royals at the same venue in three days.

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"I don't think the plan will change too much. We've got a couple of areas we need to tidy up. We know we're still in the competition, even though we lost today." Sent in to bat, Mumbai struggled in the middle overs, managing just 21 runs with the loss of three wickets in five overs.

"We thought if we got a score around 145 it would probably be a winning total which probably proved to be right.

"Look, the bowlers gave ourselves an opportunity to win the game, but I think Delhi played well in the middle, they took some chances and we knew that it was going to get tougher." Bond praised Surya Kumar Yadav who looked to have regained his touch with a 26-ball 33 before being dismissed by Axar Patel.

"He (Surya) just played how he normally he plays. He's hitting the ball beautifully in training. He was getting that fluency and looked like the way he played last season. it's just unfortunate that he's getting out." Delhi left-arm spinner Patel, who was adjudged man-of-the-match for his 3/21, said the plan for him was to bowl full against Surya.

"I was bowling according to the batsmen's strengths. Surya was mostly playing sweep and over the cover shots. So I was bowling him full. I was not being predictable and that was the gameplan I had with Rishabh," said Patel.

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