Darren Lehmann expects Kings XI Punjab bowlers to perform against Mumbai Indians

Darren Lehmann said that Kings XI Punjab will have to be on top of their game against Mumbai Indians © IANS

Mumbai: Apr 28, 2013
Aware that they are up against a formidable batting side, Kings XI Punjab chief coach Darren Lehmann says their bowlers will have to do the job against Mumbai Indians, here tomorrow.

“Mumbai played really well [against Royal Challengers Bangalore]. Obviously they are a dangerous side, so we will have to bowl really well. If we have any strength, it’s our bowling. So I expect us to bowl well,” said the former Australian Test cricketer.

“Mumbai are a quality side and they have played really well of late. So for us, we have to be on top of our game to beat them,” he added.

Conceding that their batsmen have not performed to the expectations level, Lehmann felt they seemed to have improved over the last few matches.

“Our bowling hasn’t been good enough, although our batting has been more impressive in the last few games. Even in Kolkata I thought we batted okay. We thought 150 were enough, but we didn’t bowl very well.

“They are always tough to beat at Kolkata, for example. I thought we batted reasonably well. It was a spinning track, but this one here is a batting track and hopefully our batsmen can play with freedom and play the strokes,” Lehmann said.

While MI have 10 points from eight games, Kings XI are struggling with four wins and four losses at the halfway stage of their league campaign.

He also praised the Wankhede Stadium wicket here as a good T20 track, while insisting his team was not looking too far ahead towards the play-offs as yet.

“It’s a good wicket isn’t it? It was good last night.

Obviously it had some bounce and carry in it, a good Twenty20 wicket. “