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IPL 2019: Quinton de Kock hopes for AB de Villiers to make a mistake in MI’s clash against RCB

"AB being AB, he is a big wicket for them."

Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock. (Photo: IANS)

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will have a great chance to make up for that embarrassing loss at the hands of Chennai Super Kings in the very first match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019, when they were bowled out for 70 runs, as they gear up to face another 3-time champion in Mumbai Indians in their own den, M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on March 28.

The Bangalore team was decimated by Chennai spinners in Chepauk, but they will have some solace that they face Mumbai in Bangalore, a place where they have created a winning atmosphere for themselves. One player might do harm to their chances by leaking inside secrets to Mumbai is Quinton de Kock, who featured for RCB last year in early stages before leaving the tournament for personal reasons.

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Now playing for Mumbai Indians after being traded to them in the transfer window, De Kock is also hoping that MI will bounce back from their loss against Capitals in Mumbai. However, De Kock knows how dangerous RCB batting can be as they include batsmen like Moeen Ali, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Shimron Hetmyer, who might have not got going against CSK but will be hungry to perform in front of their own crowd.

De Kock hopes De Villiers doesn’t fire and makes a mistake

“AB being AB, he is a big wicket for them. I think if we get him out pretty early, we stand a good chance of doing well in the game. So we have spoken about it — about how we’re going to try and get him out and hopefully it comes off tomorrow. Otherwise, we just hope he (de Villiers) makes a mistake,” de Kock was quoted saying by India TV news.

AB de Villiers was kept quiet by CSK spinners in the opening game, but the former Proteas captain is coming off a decently successful PSL and is looking to make the most of his opportunities for RCB in IPL 2019. De Kock also talked about the loss suffered by Mumbai Indians in their first match of the tournament against Delhi Capitals at home, when a cyclone like innings from Rishabh Pant blew them away.

“Any big tournament around the world, everybody wants to get off to a good start. Coming into this game, knowing we haven’t won a game, so it’s a big game for us tomorrow. We need to get going with a win and hopefully build some momentum, get things rolling for our campaign this year,” he added.

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