Rassie van der Dussen credits 'high pressure chases in Tests' for his impactful knock in the 1st ODI

Rassie van der Dussen credits ‘high pressure chases in Tests’ for his impactful knock in the 1st ODI

Dussen's unbeaten quickfire 129 was instrumental in the hosts taking a 1-0 lead with a 31-run win.

Rassie van der Dussen
Rassie van der Dussen. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

South Africa’s middle-order batter Rassie Van der Dussen has explained how he succeeded in scoring a match-winning century in the first ODI against India at Boland Park in Paarl on Wednesday. His unbeaten quickfire 129 was instrumental in the hosts taking a 1-0 lead in the series-opener with a 31-run win.

After helping the Proteas draw first blood in the One Day series with his Man of the Match performance, Van der Dussen has revealed that the high-pressure run chases in the Test series gave him the confidence to play an impactful knock in the series-opener.

You need to stand up as a batter: Rassie van der Dussen

“Coming in today, we were in a bit of pressure. You need to stand up as a batter, two high-pressure chases in the Test, we were confident as a group coming into this match. We knew we’d be in a good position if we could post 280-plus,” said Rassie van der Dussen during the post-match interview.

“The key for me was to keep the intensity and up the intensity. I went in and I knew I had to go to my sweeps and reverse-sweeps and put the pressure back on their spinners. It was important to show intent from the start. We got some momentum and put on a good score,” he added.

Rassie van der Dussen and skipper Temba Bavuma resurrected the South African innings after they were in a spot of bother at 68/3 in the 18th over. Apart from notching up their respective centuries, the duo also added 204 runs for the fourth-wicket stand as the hosts posted 296/4 from their 50 overs.

In reply, Shikhar Dhawan (79) and Virat Kohli (51) stitched a 92-run stand for the second wicket after India lost the wicket of stand-in captain KL Rahul early. Kohli’s wait for a 71st international century prolonged after he was caught by Bavuma off Tabraiz Shamsi and once he walked back to the pavilion, the middle-order failed and despite a valiant half-century from tail-ender Shardul Thakur, the Men In Blue fell short and were eventually restricted to 265/8 from their 50 overs.