Decoding the numbers of AB de Villiers versus Mumbai Indians
Royal Challengers Bangalore are all set to face Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 opener tonight in Chennai.
Veteran batsman AB de Villiers will have a crucial role to play for RCB against the defending champions.
ABD has been a consistent force for his side and a vital contribution tonight would be massive.
We decode his numbers against MI.
ABD's overall IPL performance and his numbers against MI
ABD has featured in 169 IPL matches, scoring 4,849 runs at an average of 40.40.
He has slammed three centuries and 38 fifties.
ABD has a strike rate of 151.91 and a best score of 133*.
Against Mumbai, he has racked up 726 runs from 23 games at a strike rate of 146.08.
The tally also includes 33 sixes and 66 fours.
A look at his performance against key MI bowlers
The battle between ABD and MI's pace contingent is certainly a treat.
So far, he has managed to score 99 runs off 70 balls by Jasprit Bumrah, while the right-arm pacer has dismissed him two times
On the other hand, the former Delhi Capitals batsman has managed 41 runs off 16 balls by Trent Boult, while the Kiwi pacer has dismissed him once.
ABD's numbers across powerplay, middle and death overs
In the powerplay overs (1-6), the former South African star has scored 716 runs at an average of 32.55
In the middle overs (7-15), the versatile batsman has racked 2,471 runs at an average of 45.76.
He has scored 1,662 runs at an average of 46.17 in the death overs (16-20).
MI vs RCB: What to expect?
The IPL 2021 opening encounter between RCB and MI is expected to be a cracker.
Last season the two teams shared the spoils.
For RCB, the onus will be on talismans Virat Kohli and ABD.
Their runs will be significant.
MI, who have won two successive IPL honors, have a better look in terms of personnel.
It will be difficult for RCB tonight.