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IPL 2019, RCB vs MI: In a small ground like Chinnaswamy, every bowler under pressure - De Villiers

Bumrah’s participation is doubtful due to his shoulder injury but RCB’s senior-most batsman said that even if MI fields their strike bowler, there are no guarantees of a positive result

cricket Updated: Mar 28, 2019 09:22 IST
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RCB players AB de Villiers and Yuzvendra Chahal during a practice session(PTI)

Jasprit Bumrah may be one of the finest T20 bowlers going around but a batting friendly track at the Chinnaswamy aided by short side boundaries, can put any bowler under pressure, feels AB de Villiers.

Bumrah’s participation is doubtful due to his shoulder injury but RCB’s senior-most batsman said that even if MI fields their strike bowler, there are no guarantees of a positive result.

“No one is perfect and yes Bumrah is a very good bowler but he is also not supposed to get it right all the time. Here the ground is not very huge and the wicket is more often than not good for the batters. For that matter, all the bowlers are under pressure here,” he told reporters on the eve of RCB’s first home encounter of the season against Mumbai Indians.

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Responding to a dismal start to the IPL, De Villiers said the team need to play better cricket than the last game, especially the batsmen.

“It is up to us batters to play a good game in the next match, assess the conditions well. Whichever wicket we are getting we need to play better cricket than the last game,” he said.

RCB had a poor start to their IPL 2019 campaign after they were bowled out for a lowly 70 on a slow and turning track in Chennai.

De Villiers said conditions were difficult but conceded his team should have still batted better than they did.

De Villiers said Bangalore did not have the luxury of having seamers and spinners that Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had at his disposal.

“Dhoni had seamers but he also had spin back up. We did not have that luxury but I thought we had a fantastically balanced team that can play cricket on any wicket in the world. Obviously, looking back after the ball turned two metres, you want to play on a different wicket but no one was expecting it,” he said.

First Published: Mar 27, 2019 22:24 IST