IPL 2021: AB de Villiers looking forward to playing against SRH

Ahead of the clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in IPL 2021, Mr 360, AB de Villiers is excited about the prospect of facing the skill full bowling lineup of SRH. The South African batsman is looking forward to a challenging game in Chennai.

The explosive middle-order batsman also insisted that SRH can be put under pressure if batsmen play aggressive cricket against them. He believes that SRH currently doesn’t boast depth in options compared to other franchises, but they do have some remarkable and skillful bowlers.

SRH has been getting plaudits in the past few years due to their remarkable bowling unit. They received a big boost this season as Bhuvneshwar Kumar is completely fit after missing IPL 2020 due to injury. Rashid Khan is the pick of the SRH bowlers as he is the best spin bowler in the T-20 format.

De Villiers fared well against SRH last season

RCB had locked horns against David Warner led Sunrisers squared thrice last season, winning once and losing twice. One of their defeats came in the eliminator, where SRH was able to restrict RCB to 131 in the first innings.

But at the same time, AB de Villiers played decent innings against SRH, managing scores of 51 off 30 balls, 24 off 24, and 56 off 43 in the three games that they played against the Hyderabad-based franchise last season. The batsman has scored 520 runs in 15 games against SRH, while his strike rate is an impressive 157.58.

The South African batsman had played an amazing inning in the first game of IPL 2021, scoring 47 of just 28 balls which helped the team in their victory against MI. Along with him, Harshal Patel too had delivered a stellar bowling performance against the defending champions. Patel had picked five wickets (three in the final over) to restrict Rohit Sharma’s side to 159.

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