Royal Challengers Bangalore have 10 points from 11 games © IANS
Royal Challengers Bangalore have 11 points from 10 games © IANS

Mumbai: Victory on Saturday against the high-flying Mumbai Indians (MI) will give Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) the momentum to reach the play-off stages of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015, said all rounder David Wiese in Mumbai on Friday. “It’s a big game for us. If we can get a win under the belt here, we can build a momentum moving into the play-offs. Mumbai are playing well at the moment and they beat Chennai last night. It’s a team in form and it’s going to be a tough game. In terms of our campaign, we need to get a couple of wins under our belt to make play-off position,” said the South African player at the pre-match media conference at the Wankhede Stadium. READ: Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2015 Preview

RCB were lying fifth with 11 points from 10 games, a rung below MI who have accumulated 12 points from 11 games and more importantly are on a splendid five-game winning spree. Wiese, who has played in eight games and taken 10 wickets apart from scoring over a hundred runs, said RCB were peaking at the right time. “It’s a business end of the tournament and a lot of games close to each other. You don’t want to peak too early in the tournament, it’s always nice to play your best cricket towards the end of the tournament and that’s definitely where we are at the moment. So moving forward, so many games in short succession, you need to pick up a couple of wins and build a momentum leading into the play-offs,” he said. READ: Virat Kohli is an outstanding captain, says David Wiese

While praising Australia pacer Mitchell Starc, who has galvanized the team’s bowling attack since he played his first game, for his ability to take wickets and bowl well at the death, 29-year-old Wiese did not agree that the team was too dependent on their Big Three of Chris Gayle, captain Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in batting.

“Look at the stats and you can see what impact he has made to our bowling. He has been fantastic. He is a guy who has set the tone from the start. In every game he’s taken early wickets and put the team on the back foot. And in death he’s the best in the world,” said Wiese about Starc. Left-arm pacer Starc, who was the Player of the Tournament in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, has grabbed 15 wickets in seven games at just eight per wicket. READ: RCB and the importance of rotation policy

“It’s nice to have that confidence in the bowling attack as you know that if something does happen in the middle overs, Starc is there to come back at the death and bowl really good death overs and bring the team back. Our bowling attack is looking really good at the moment,” Wiese said.

Refuting that the team’s batting relied a lot on the Big Three, Wiese said, “I would not say it’s overly dependent. Against RR (Rajasthan Royals) all the big three failed but we still ended up getting 200. Dinesh Karthik got a couple (twenty runs), Mandeep Singh got a couple and then Sarfaraz Khan came in at the end and scored a few. It’s always nice to have the big three to score the runs. But the middle order has played a big role and they have stepped up nicely. I am fairly confident there is lot of talent in the middle order. They are all waiting to play a match-winning innings like Mandeep Singh did (half century against title holders Kolkata Knight Riders in Bengaluru),” he noted.