Mumbai, May 17: Mumbai Indians coach Robin Singh blamed batsmen for their 32-run loss against Kolkata Knight riders and also described their performance as "extremely poor" is an understatement on this Wankhede pitch.
Failing to chase 141, Mumbai lost wickets at regular intervals to be bowled out for 108 with five balls to spare, eventually losing by a massive 32 runs on Wednesday.
"The batting has been extremely poor. That's an understatement on a wicket like this. I think we should have scored the runs. We did not show any intent at the end of first six overs," Singh said after during the post match conference.
"Obviously then a total of 140 almost becomes like a 16-over game that you are playing," added the former India player.
Robin refused to blame the wicket for the loss, saying the pitch was perfect on which his batsman should have comfortably chased 141.
"Wicket was fine, nothing wrong with the wicket. It was a plumb batting wicket as far as I am concerned. We could not chase 140. Obviously we did not bat well," said Robin after Mumbai Indians suffered their fifth defeat at home this season.
"We have been batting well in patches. We have won very close games. This is a batsmen's game. The batters have to come up and put the (opposition) bowlers under pressure. If you allow the bowlers to come into the game then you are in trouble," insisted Robin.
"I don't think there is any need to change the bowling. The batting has let us down. 140...9 out of 10 we should be winning that on this wicket, actually 10 out of 10," said Robin.
Rohit Sharma came down the order because he was unwell, "Rohit was unwell. He was vomiting. We did not really have a choice. He (Dinesh Kartik) has been batting at number four for us, so we just pushed him up," Robin said after the wicketkeeper-batsman was promoted to the top-order.
KKR spinner Sunil Narine took four for 15 in 3.1 overs, Robin praised Narine saying, "If you look at his economy rate, he has been extremely accurate, almost like a (Lasith) Malinga for us. You don't want more than 10 an over from him," said the coach.
"When he came in at that stage he was too good for us. He's extremely accurate, doesn't give you much to drive. I have been talking to (Kieron) Pollard as they play for the same state (Trinidad). He's able to bowl an off break with two or three fingers. It's not like you can just look at the hand and play him. You have to consistently keep looking at him, play him off the wicket as well.
"More importantly to play him on the back foot more than the front foot. It becomes very difficult to hit him if the wicket is slower and lower. You need a wicket where there is a little more bounce and he will become an easier bowler to play," observed Robin.
Mumbai need a win against Rajasthan Royals to qualify for the play-offs. "Next game is equally important. We need to win that game. I don't think we are safe in terms of qualification. Even Rajasthan (Royals) can qualify at this point in time".