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Cricket news - De Villiers unfazed by the Bumrah threat

Kohli scores at nine runs per over against Bumrah in the IPL

A lot of the chatter leading up to the Royal Challengers Bangalore-Mumbai Indians clash has been about the fitness of Jasprit Bumrah. The pacer, who picked up a left shoulder injury in the match against Delhi Capitals, has recovered well and should play the contest barring any last minute concerns. And while a lot about the contest is how the big guns - Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Rohit Sharma, and others will go with the bat - it's also about how Bumrah goes against the power-hitters in the RCB camp.

In MI's opening game, the Bumrah threat was nullified by Rishabh Pant in some style. As the left-hander smashed unbeaten 78 off 47, Bumrah leaked 40 from his four overs with 31 coming in his last two. MI lost the plot in the death overs with 99 runs being scored in the last six overs. And while the assault should give the RCB batsmen some confidence, a lot will depend on how the pillars of their batting line-up - De Villiers and Kohli - play the pacer.

Bumrah has picked the most number of wickets for MI against RCB. However, his 16 wickets from 11 matches have come at an economy of 8.09 and an average of 26.15. The record pales when compared to his overall IPL record where he's given away runs at 7.85 for his 64 wickets. Both Kohli and de Villiers have been able to cope with the Bumrah threat relatively well with the former scoring at nine runs per over (with one dismissal) while the former South Africa player scores at 8.33 runs per over and has been dismissed twice.

De Villiers stressed that while Bumrah is tough to bat against, it's also possible to attack and milk runs against him. "He is a very good bowler but it's also possible to get hold of him," he said. "It's hard every single game but you look at the strengths and then you look at the weaknesses and realise no one is perfect. It's easier on this ground with not so big boundaries. All the bowlers, no matter who you are, are under pressure here."

What gives de Villiers more confidence is the strengthened RCB middle-order this time around. With de Villiers batting at No. 4 and Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube and Colin de Grandhomme to follow, RCB can land some serious blows. "We've got a little bit of better balance this time around. More options as well. It's an exciting cricket team. What I like is you still see old faces as well. It's not a complete washout of a new team. Same faces but also bit more strength in the middle order. I think our balance is a lot better," de Villiers pointed out.

Quinton de Kock faced Bumrah the last time these sides met at this venue. Traded off to MI this time, the 'keeper felt the performance against DC was a one-off. "Bumrah is the best in the world. With a guy like that, it's okay to be off the mark in one game knowing he's going to come back strong. He's not one of the best for no reason. Even the others, Mitch and Hardik, I know they are going to bounce back," he pointed out. "The execution is always key no matter what plans you have. We have the best death bowler.

"AB is AB. He's a big wicket for them. If we get him out early, we stand a good chance against them. We've spoken about it, about how we are going to try and get him out. Hopefully, it comes off otherwise you just hope he makes a mistake."

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