Twitter Reactions: Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen slam centuries as South Africa post challenging total

Twitter Reactions: Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen slam centuries as South Africa post challenging total

The duo tormented Indian bowlers in the opening ODI.

Rassie van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma
Rassie van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

South Africa have posted a mammoth total in the first ODI against India, which is currently underway at Boland Park in Paarl. Proteas skipper Temba Bavuma has led his team from the front in the series-opener and he has also received excellent support from the promising middle-order batter Rassie van der Dussen.

Both Bavuma and van der Dussen carried out the rescue act after the hosts had lost their top-order early on and were reduced to 68/3 in the 18th over after which both batters accelerated the innings and also ensured there were no further hiccups. The duo’s efforts paid off and they went on to score their respective centuries.

Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen stage fightback with impactful tons

As the Proteas were in a spot of bother having lost three wickets before breaching the three-figure mark, skipper Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen took the attack on the Indian bowlers and increased the team’s scoring rate. Both scored bravely against India’s famed pace attack and also took on the spinners really well to notch up their respective tons.

Even the fans showered praise on both batters as they played responsibly after reviving the South African innings. Captain Temba Bavuma was the first one to get to his hundred. He reached there by driving one through the covers for a single in the 45th over. Van der Dussen on the other hand got to the three-figure score in the 48th over by flicking one to the fine-leg for a run.

Indian pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah accounted for the skipper on the very first ball of the penultimate over with a full-length delivery which was lofted to long-on only to find his opposite number KL Rahul in the deep. Bavuma walked back for 142-ball 110.

Nonetheless, before taking a long walk back to the pavilion, the Proteas captain and Rassie van der Dussen were involved in a 204-run stand for the fourth wicket. The hosts finished their innings at 296/4 from their 50 overs.

Meanwhile, let’s look at how Twitterati reacted to Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen’s stellar show: