IPL 2019: RCB all-rounder Moeen Ali says he can score as quickly as Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsman Moeen Ali showed confidence in his game and said he too can score runs like skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.

Asian News International, Apr 24, 2019 19:13:51 IST

London: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsman Moeen Ali showed confidence in his game and said he too can score runs like skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.

"I think it gives a lot of confidence if Virat and AB don't score, or if one of them doesn't play like AB didn't against KKR, we could still score 200-plus. I have the confidence in my own game and believe that I can also score runs just as quickly as them and take games away from the opposition. It won't always happen but I know I can do that," ESPNCricinfo quoted Ali as saying.

File image of Moeen Ali. Sportzpics

File image of Moeen Ali. Sportzpics

Moreover, he said his task is to take the pressure off from Kohli and de Villiers. "My job in the team is to do that (take the pressure off Kohli and de Villiers). It is very difficult for a team to win if you rely on just two guys batting because they feel the pressure as well. My job is to come and score some runs and be part of the batting group and contribute in winning games," Ali said.

So far, Ali has scored 216 runs in the IPL. Their clash against Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday will be Ali's last match in this season as he will be flying back to England for the World Cup preparations.

Ali has expressed exasperation over leaving RCB at a crucial stage.

"It's not ideal, obviously. I think it's worse when there're three games to go, that there's not much cricket left and you always think, 'I could've played those three games.' If there were six, seven games, it was a little more understandable," Ali said.

"But it's a small window. If we win all our games, and then you miss out on a potential semi-final and stuff,” he added.

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Updated Date: Apr 24, 2019 19:13:51 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254