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India vs South Africa: Had to make India pay after Shreyas Iyer dropped my catch, says Rassie van der Dussen

South Africa batter Rassie van der Dussen conceded that his slow start did put pressure on the visiting team in their chase of 212 against India in the first of a 5-match T20I series in New Delhi on Thursday. Van der Dussen, however, said he was determined to make the most of the extra opportunity that he received after India dropped his catch during the high-scoring encounter at the Arun Jaitley Stadium.

Rassie van der Dussen was struggling to get going as he managed just 29 runs in his first 30 deliveries, putting pressure on his batting partner David Miller in a mammoth chase of 212. However, he was dropped on 29 by Shreyas Iyer in the 16th over of South Africa’s chase.

Van der Dussen made India pay as he blasted 45 runs in the next 15 deliveries as he remained unbeaten on 75 off just 46 balls. He hit 4 sixes and 5 boundaries in 15 deliveries after the dropped catch from Shreyas Iyer. South Africa eventually went on to win the match by 7 wickets, successfully chasing down 212 in just 19.1 overs.

Van der Dussen and Miller stitched an unbeaten 131-run stand as South Africa completed their highest-ever successful chase in T20I cricket, snapping India’s 12-match-winning run in the shortest format of the game.

“The key for me was that when that catch was dropped, I knew I had to make India pay. 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,” van der Dussen said after South Africa’s 7-wicket win in the first T20I.

“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. If Shreyas had caught that ball, it might’ve been a different game. That said, we had a lot of batting still to come,” he added.


Furthermore, van der Dussen heaped praise on David Miller, saying the in-form left-hander helped ease the pressure on him after his slow start.

Miller went big from the word go, taking the attack to the Indian bowlers as he carried on the good form that he showcased with Gujarat Titans in IPL 2022. Miller tore into the Indian spinner, especially Axar Patel and finished with an unbeaten 64 off just 31 balls.

“David just brought his form from the IPL straight into this game. He put the bowlers under pressure from the start,” van der Dussen said.

“He played a brilliant innings and also just helped pull me through that difficult phase of my innings. Once he hit those consecutive sixes, the momentum shifted our way,” he added.

South Africa will be upbeat when they face India in the 2nd T20I of the 5-match series in Cuttack on Sunday.

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