RCB hopes to play better cricket than last time, says de Villiers

After a debacle against Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore's batting mainstay AB de Villiers said his team was hoping for a better showing in the match against Mumbai Indians on Thursday.

AB de Villiers and Yuzvendra Chahal of Royal Challengers Bangalore during a practice session at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.   -  PTI

After a debacle in the Indian Premier League opener against Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore's batting mainstay AB de Villiers said his team was hoping for a better showing in the match against Mumbai Indians on Thursday.

"I am happy to be in Bangalore (Bengaluru). Yes, I am hoping the wicket will be good. But, every wicket we play on should be different in IPL and in the world for that matter. It’s up to us to adapt and play a good game of cricket and make sure we assess the conditions really well. Whatever wicket we will be getting, we are looking to play better cricket than we did the last time," he said on the eve of RCB's match against Mumbai Indians.

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The South African downplayed the threat posed by Jasprit Bumrah. “I think I will do as I do in every single game I play. You have to look for their strengths and weaknesses, no one is perfect. Yes, Bumrah is a really good bowler, but it is also possible to get hold of him, especially at this ground (Chinnaswamy stadium) where the boundary is short and the wicket is more often than not is good for batters. So all the bowlers, no matter who you are, will be under pressure," he reasoned.

On his team's composition, de Villiers said, "We have got a little bit better balance. Our middle order has been made stronger. It’s an exciting cricket team. What I like is you also still see the same faces as well. It’s not a complete washout of the old. Our balance is better and I think we have more options as well," he added.