In the first T20I against India, Rassie van der Dussen scored an undefeated 75 runs to help South Africa chase down 212 runs.
South Africa was chasing a daunting 212 against India in the first T20I of the five-match series at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, and Rassie van der Dussen was struggling. Shreyas Iyer, on the other hand, gave him a life when he lost his catch in the 16th over of the innings, and the South African never looked back. The right-handed batter sped up his innings and, along with David Miller, made sure the visitors won.
In the 17th over, the batter hit Harshal Patel for 22 runs, changing the momentum in South Africa’s favor, and the Proteas won by seven wickets with five balls to spare.
On 75 off 46 balls, Rassie van der Dussen stayed unblemished.
During a post-game press conference, Rassie van der Dussen was questioned about facing Harshal and said: “I’ve been watching him bowl in the IPL, and he’s fantastic. He has a fantastic slower ball. Because of the short boundary, I believe the end from which he bowled played into my hands. So I knew he’d have to switch to his slower ball after those first two sixes. Then it’s just a matter of picking it and trying to execute it while keeping your head still.”
“It’s an extremely difficult ball to hit. He puts a lot of effort into it and gets a lot of wear and tear on it, but he’s only human. You know he’s going to miss at some point. As a batter, all you have to do is stay tough and patient when facing those balls that he bowls so brilliantly “He went on to say.
Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller put up 131 runs for the fourth wicket, putting an end to India’s ambitions of becoming the team with the most consecutive T20I victories. Miller was the aggressor at first, as Rassie van der Dussen struggled to spin the strike.
“I was under a little bit of pressure, but David, with his IPL form, really brought that in”. From the start, he put the bowlers under a lot of pressure. Just to get me through that phase, he played magnificent innings. “As soon as he hit one of those sixes, the momentum shifted towards us. And we knew if we kept going to the end, we’d come close”, Rassie van der Dussenexplained.
The second Twenty20 International will be contested on Sunday at Cuttack between India and South Africa.