The first T20I of the five-match series ended in South Africa’s favour and Rassie van der Dussen says he had to make India pay. The match took place at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium and the guests rocked with the bat replying to a target of 211 runs.
India posted 211 on the loss of four wickets and the score looked easy to defend. However, the hosts’ bowlers failed like those of guests and could pick only three of the Proteas batters. Sparing the next seven wickets, Temba Bavuma and his men reached the feat in 19.1 overs.
In reply to the target, South Africa’s openers could not put a solid start but Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller settled things for them in the middle order. Of course, as Dussen wanted to make India pay, he was the highest scorer from his side and smashed 75 runs to smooth up things for them. Not to forget Miller’s 64 off 31 played a crucial role in chasing.
Dussen could have gone back to the pavilion but he luckily was dropped by Shreyas Iyer on 29 runs that came from 30 balls. It was the moment when he realized he had to make the opponents pay by handing over them a defeat.
“I took a good few balls to get in and it was a wicket that got a lot easier once you were in. It was tough to get yourself set. I knew I was in and I had to make them pay. I did put myself and the team under pressure by not being able to hit early boundaries. Sometimes [your approach] just doesn’t come off and other days it does. Some days you’re lucky, others you’re not. And tonight I was lucky.”
South Africa now led the five-match series by 1-0. It must be noted the next T20I is scheduled to be played on 12th June at Barabati Stadium.
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