Mumbai Indians’ bowling coach Shane Bond said Wednesday that Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul would be the main target of his team in their upcoming IPL clash here, calling the opener a dynamic batsman capable of getting around the field. to score. Kings XI openers Rahul and Mayank Agarwal enjoy an excellent run in the running IPL, with 222 and 221 runs respectively, one century and fifty each. MI and KXIP will clash on Thursday. And Bond fully understands the importance of stopping the duo on Thursday, insisting that early wickets would be the key to success for the titleholders.
“KL Rahul has scored against us for the past few games and he’s a brilliant player. We have our bowlers meeting this afternoon, in terms of planning for our opponents who are playing well. KL is a dynamic player, scoring all over the field,” said the former Kiwi pacemaker.
“We also know that he (Rahul) generally takes his time through the middle overs, so that might be an opportunity to put some pressure on him and the batsmen around him.
“We’ll have specific ideas on how to get him out. Ultimately, we can’t let him (Rahul) score in the areas where he’s very, very strong. He scores well on extra coverage, picks up on fine leg.” Bond stressed. that MI has the potential to limit the battle lineup of the marauding Kings XI.
“We have a high quality bowling unit, we just have to put pressure on them. Mind you, the two main hitters for Kings XI Punjab have played brilliantly so far.
“If we can create some pressure and get those guys out early, and put some more pressure on that middle class, we can limit them to a score, they stop scoring (big) runs,” he said.
Bond said he has already played two of the three games here so far, MI is well versed in the conditions on the ground.
“We’re pretty confident in our batting line-up. They’ve put in good runs on the board so far and it’s a tough batting order to stop. We’ve played on this ground twice, so we know what to expect. the conditions, so that should help us a little bit, ”he said.
He also said Tuesday’s game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals indicated that the wickets could slow down as the tournament progresses, but bowlers need to be precise with their line and lengths.
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