The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) head coach Daniel Vettori does not think that the track at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune will pose too many challenges to Virat Kohli and his team when they will play the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in an IPL 2018 match on Saturday (5 May).
However, RCB will play in Pune after very long time and Vettori is confident that his men will be adjusting quite well to the conditions following a training session on Friday.
As per reports in Hindustan Times, Vettori said, “Any time a batting group gets a chance to bat on a good wicket, they are excited. I don’t think there are too many challenges on that front. It’s about the conditions: the wind, the daytime game, and bowlers coming to a new venue. We are playing here for the first time in a long while so it’s an important training session for us today to get acclimatized.”
Commenting on RCB’s bowling department, “We got our combination right. Southee has been exceptional, (Mohammed) Siraj has been improving and Chahal and Umesh are tight as ever. We are confident of this group. We also know how good a team CSK is. Batting may play an important part given how good the surface is here, but ultimately execution with the ball will be the defining factor.”
Meanwhile, star batsman AB de Villiers is fit and ready for the CSK encounter, as he has returned home for a wedding. Vettori said, “AB is back fit. Quinton is away from this game. He has returned home for a wedding. He’s unavailable for this match.”
RCB is banking on the likes of Mandeep Singh and Colin de Grandohhome to don the finisher's role in tonight's match against Chennai Super Kings.
Vettori signed off by saying, “I think Colin did a great job in the last game. I think the 20-odd runs he scored was why we won. Really satisfied with how Colin has come into the team. Mandeep has been consistent. Finishing plays a part when you don’t do well at the top. We have done well at the top with the experienced four batsmen generally batting well.”