The defending champions have tasted three defeats out of four games and Ponting said it was because his side 'have not been able to play 40 overs of good cricket'.
     
"So far in the tournament we have had opportunities to win matches. We have fought back into the game but we had one or two bad overs or dropped catch that has upset the momentum. We have not been able to play 40 overs of good cricket," Ponting said on the eve of the game against RCB here today.
     
"We probably have played 30 overs of good cricket in all the games. That's not good enough. We have to be consistently better and longer if we want to win the game," he said. Ponting also conceded that his batsmen have not clicked as a unit and lacked consistency in the tournament so far.
     
"It's been very disappointing so far. We have not played to the level the team would have liked. We had a very good win in Kolkata chasing a big score. But otherwise our batting has not been good enough yet. The guys are very aware they have not played as well as they can," said the former Australian captain.
     
MI lost their opening match at home to IPL debutants Rising Pune Supergiants, led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and to Gujarat Lions, led by Suresh Raina, as well as the away game yesterday against Sun Risers Hyderabad.

Their lone victory came against Kolkata Knight Riders led by Gautam Gambhir at the Eden Gardens when MI skipper Rohit Sharma led from the front with an unbeaten 84.
     
"At different times we have not been able to fight our way back. We have not been able to dominate from the outset. That's what we are hoping to do against RCB which is a very good side," he said. He defended the decision to promote Hardik Pandya to number three while conceding the experiment has not clicked.

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