By: Bongani Dlamini
Proteas top order batsman Rassie van der Dussen stole the headlines when he scored a brilliant 101 runs from 51 deliveries as the South African national cricket men’s team beat Pakistan by six wickets in a T20 World Cup warm up match in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Van der Dussen hit 10 fours and 4 sixes on route to securing the win for the Proteas with the last ball of the match. The win was South Africa’s second in as many games as they continue their preparations for their first match against Australia on Saturday.
The 32-year old was delighted with his performance and will be hoping to have a good tournament with the bat in hand.
“I obviously feel very good. Sometimes not having the scoreboard helps because I didn’t even know I was close to that, so I think the lesson is just to take it ball by ball, have your game plans and trust in them and play to the situation of the game.”
The right-handed batsman believes that the warm up match was very beneficial for acclimatization and they will know what to expect when they begin their T20 world cup campaign.
“I think it’s vital to spend time on these wickets, a bit lower, a bit slower, especially at night it gets a bit skiddy and low so it does change a little bit. I think most of the guys have had a decent run out in the middle so we know what to expect in terms of conditions and you think low and slow, it might not be high scoring but today there were almost 400 runs on this field so for the batters, most of us had a good time in the middle.
“The real test starts on Saturday, we’ll take the lessons, good and bad from today. Still a lot of cricket to be played, so you can only do what’s in front of you and Saturday is in front of us and we know what we need to do,” said van der Dussen.
The Proteas are in Group 1 with England, Australia, West Indies and will be joined by the winner from Group A and runner up from Group B.
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