IND vs SA When I was dropped I knew I had to make India pay says Van der Dussen

South Africa easily chased down India’s 211-run target in the T20I at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Thursday. Africa won this match by 7 wickets with five balls to spare. The century partnership of David Miller and Van der Dussen contributed a lot to this victory of Africa. South African batsman Van der Dussen said that his players have benefited a lot from playing in the IPL and it played a key role in the win. Van der Dussen scored an unbeaten 75 off 46 balls in the first match.

The 33-year-old right-handed batsman was seen struggling to score runs after coming to the crease. Meanwhile, he was also lucky, as Shreyas Iyer dropped his catch in the 16th over on a personal score of 29 runs.

Van der Dusen said, “I felt under pressure, because I didn’t get boundaries early, but I think it wasn’t because of a lack of intention or planning. Sometimes it just doesn’t happen. I was lucky, Had Shreyas caught that ball, it could have been a different game.

“What was important for me was that when he dropped the catch, it felt like he would have to pay the price. Because it was a wicket where it became easier to bat after staying at the crease for a while,” he said.

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“Definitely staying here for two months enabled us to adapt quickly to the situation,” he said. Along with this, knowing about the Indian bowlers also helped in strategizing.

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Regarding his partnership with Miller, he said, “David continued the IPL rhythm here as well and put pressure on the bowlers from the start. His aggressive play helped me settle at the crease. We carried on by rotating the strike and kept on till the end. I was lucky that I got the gift of life and I was able to redeem it.

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