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IND Vs SA: 'When Shreyas dropped me, I knew I had to make India need to pay: Rassie Van Der Dussen

IND Vs SA 2022: After helping India register 211 for 4 against South Africa in the first T20I in Delhi, Ishan Kishan spoke to host broadcaster Star Sports. Kishan's evaluation was based on the fact that the new ball not only moved off the seam but also didn't come onto the bat well - For more updates keep following 99Runs for more international game


Even if Kishan's prediction was somewhat off, India's total should have been a winning score.

And it appeared to be the case when South Africa was reduced to 86 for 3 after ten overs of their chase.



'When Shreyas dropped me, I knew I had to make India need to pay: Rassie Van Der Dussen



Rassie Van Der Dussen was batting on 15 off 16 at the time. David Miller had recently joined him and was on 4 out of 5 at the time. To win the game, South Africa needed another 126 runs, which no team had ever scored in the last 10 overs of a T20I. Van der Dussen and Miller, on the other hand, were unfazed.


"I told David when he came in, 'You may play it as you see it, but I'm very pleased to take between 12 and 13 an over in the last ten,'" van der Dussen remarked after the game.

You could make a lot of money if you were in on this wicket. As a result, we were unconcerned.






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We knew we could use that one short boundary with the right-left combo even if the asking rate rose to 14-15. We knew we'd be able to take out the bowlers." They did exactly what they said they were going to do.


In the 12th over, Miller, possibly in the form of his life, hit Harshal Patel for four and six consecutive deliveries. He went one further in the next over, dismissing Axar Patel for 4, 6 and 6.



'When Shreyas dropped me, I knew I had to make India need to pay: Rassie Van Der Dussen


The Indian seamers had meticulously observed the first innings and devised strategies based on what they had seen, particularly how to employ the slower ball.


Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled Temba Bavuma for one early in the innings, in a stretch in which he only gave up seven runs off two overs.



"I think not being able to get boundaries early in my innings placed myself and the team under a bit of pressure," van der Dussen remarked after the game.


"But it wasn't because of a lack of intention, planning, or mental clarity. You know, it just doesn't always work out."



'When Shreyas dropped me, I knew I had to make India need to pay: Rassie Van Der Dussen



Van Der Dussen was having trouble timing the ball. He hit it straight to the fielders once he got the time right.


Then there was the stroke of luck that allowed him to turn a possibly game-losing innings into a game-winning inning.


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He smashed Avesh Khan to deep midwicket, where Shreyas Iyer took a regulation catch with 63 needed from 29 balls.



"I knew I had to make them pay after Shreyas dropped it because I took the balls to bring myself in," van der Dussen said.



'When Shreyas dropped me, I knew I had to make India need to pay: Rassie Van Der Dussen


And by hitting 45 off the next 15 balls, he made India pay. With 56 required off four overs, he went for the shorter leg side boundary against Harshal, who has been the Royal Challengers Bangalore's death-overs specialist for the last two IPL seasons.


Harshal, on the other hand, had a bad day. He missed his mark twice when bowling around the wicket, and Van Der Dussen dutifully delivered the two full deliveries over long-on and deep-backwards square leg.



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