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RCB aim to break home jinx against Mumbai: Prasad

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Published: Monday, May 14, 2012, 12:47 [IST]
 
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RCB bowling coach pleased with bowlers

Bangalore, May 14: Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad eyes first win against Mumbai Indians at M Chinnaswamy stadium in IPL, as the two teams clash against each other on Monday.

RCB has not registered a win against Mumbai Indians in any of the editions of IPL so far, as the bowling coach feels the team can make a difference this year.

"I am sure we would like to change the stats by beating Mumbai in our backyard which we haven't done in any of the IPL matches played at Chinnaswamy stadium," Prasad told reporters at a pre-match press conference here.

RCB has lost all the four matches played against Mumbai Indians at M Chinnaswamy Stadium since 2008, and would like to break the jinx this year.

He added saying that Ray Jennings, RCB coach has watched Mumbai's approach against Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday and is planning to come up with a strategy that will help RCB succeed.

"We would like Zaheer and Vinay to do the same for the team if we are offered same conditions tomorrow. Whenever our bowlers have done well, we have been in good position to chase or defend the total," he said.

During the match against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede stadium, Zaheer Khan and Vinay Kumar exploited the conditions well and claimed three early wickets, which helped the team win the match against them in their backyard.

"In fact, Zaheer, Muttiah Muralitharan and Daniel Vettori have been excellent sharing their skills to young turks like Vinay, Harshin Patel and KP Apanna," Prasad said.

Pleased with the bowling performance in the last few matches, Venkatesh Prasad said, the team needs to concentrate on winning all matches from no onwards.

Talking about the South African wicket-keeper, AB de Villiers, he said is playing a very importable, as he is the one who is capable of guiding RCB home during death overs.

"AB is extremely effective towards the end. He is among few batsmen, who has got a fantastic hand-eye coordination along with nimble foot movements. He is far too ahead of others," he said.

Prasad added saying, the team is not looking at changing the side for the remaining matches and said "It was magnanimous of Dan to drop himself, which was a very good move. Doing this as a captain is something brilliant," he said.

Prasad heaped praise on young skipper Virat Kohli as his bowling changes were very effective and helped RCB come back strongly as they won three matches after a couple of losses.

"He has been very vibrant too on the field," he said.

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