Van der Dussen smashes ton in warm-up win over Pakistan

───   MORGAN PIEK 09:52 Thu, 21 Oct 2021

Van der Dussen smashes ton in warm-up win over Pakistan | News Article
Rassie van der Dussen - Cricinfo

Rassie van der Dussen was the hero for the Proteas last night as they beat Pakistan by 6 wickets in their ICC T20 World Cup warm-up match in at the Tolerance Oval in Abu Dhabi.

Pakistan scored 186/6 in their 20 overs with Fakhar Zaman scoring 52 runs before retiring. The Proteas seamer, Kagiso Rabada, was the pick of the bowlers with 3/28 in his four overs.

In response, South Africa scored 190/4 with Van der Dussen scoring an unbeaten 101 of off 51 balls.

The batter hit 10 fours and 6 sixes in his knock. The captain, Temba Bavuma, contributed with a patient 46-runs.

Van der Dussen said it was a matter of sticking to the basics.

“It obviously feels very good. Not having a scoreboard helps because I didn't even know I was close to a hundred.

“The lesson here is to take it ball-by-ball, have your game plans, trust in them and play the situation of the game according to the run rate required.

“If you can stay calm in those middle overs, not panic even though the required rate gets up to 13 or 14, that's the learning I'll take from today.

“We chased quite a big score, but we knew the wicket was quite good. We needed to give ourselves a chance upfront, but we were a bit behind in the powerplay.

“But we knew, throughout the middle, we had our boundary options, and we could execute them, and we would get close.

“The thought was to always get a guy in during the last five overs and then put them under pressure.

“The guys that played around me did well. Sometimes, when you're chasing a big score, you have to stay in fifth gear. The score tells you how to play.

“I thought we managed the inning well. Maybe we needed a bit too many in the last three overs, but luckily, we executed our boundary options at the end.”

Meanwhile, the Proteas are monitoring the spinner Tabraiz Shamsi who pulled up with a hamstring injury after just four balls bowled.

Morgan Piek OFM Sport

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