Rassie van der Dussen:
“It’s sticky in the middle but Miller was so good. It wasn’t through lack of intent. I was clear in my mind… Sometimes it doesn’t come off but staying mentally tough is important. Avesh Khan put me under a lot of pressure and didn’t miss his mark at all. But Miller pulled me through with his knock. It’s a game plan that has worked for me in the last few years. I feel like if I can play 40-50 balls, I can have an impact, and luckily it happened today. It’s a lesson to Pretorius – if it was in his arc he had to go for it. We knew it was a fast-scoring ground since we played a warm-up game a couple of days ago. Strangest things make a difference and feel like it (change of bat helped).”
“I think we had enough on the board but were off with our execution, but credit to the opposition. We thought the slower one was working when we were batting but it became easier in the second innings.”
“We are happy of our performance. We expected the wicket to getter as the night wears on. There are areas we can improve on. I think the way Ishan batted, he made it look easy. He put our spinners under pressure. That was a proper batting display. David carried his form, properly supported by Rassie. It was a good wicket probably reading the situation better and (corrections needed) going to the death options earlier and taking away the boundary balls. We have a lot of beliefs in Rassie. He takes it slowly and takes it on at the end. He is the guy who sees us through. With David, makes it very explosive. It was hot but wasn’t as humid. There’s a quick turnaround so boys will have to be hydrated.”
“I think it’s a lot of hard work, have been understanding my game a lot better in the last four-five years. Rassie played phenomenally well at the back end. Just try and hang in there. I was going to keep going and Rassie was to pierce the gap or find a boundary. It was about reducing the dot balls. It’s belief. I have been around for some time now but understanding and winning games give you a lot more confidence. Wherever I bat, I have always wanted to make a difference. No. 5 happens to be the place now. I have done well at No. 4 in domestic but South Africa is a different story with world-class players. Happy to bat wherever.”
The world’s number one ranked team India in the twenty/20 international format will host this five T20I series against South Africa which are standing at number three in the ranking list.
India vs South Africa Highlights today, Thursday 9-6-2022. 1st T20I (N), South Africa tour of India from Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi.
India: WWWWW (last five completed matches, most recent first)
South Africa: WWWWL
Bavuma won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Bavuma: We had a practice game and we felt the wicket got better as it went on. Hopefully, we can restrict them to a decent score and chase them down. Aiden wasn’t available for selection – he tested positive for Covid – and Stubbs makes his debut today. Important series for us – we haven’t been together as a group since the T20 World Cup. We’ve got a young Stubbs in and Parny back in.
Pant: I think it’s a good surface and I don’t mind batting first. Had I won the toss, I would have bowled. It [Captaining India] is one of the proudest moments in my career. We’re trying to give roles to different players. Ishan and Ruturaj open. DK is back.
India team: 1 Ishan Kishan, 2 Ruturaj Gaikwad, 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Rishabh Pant (capt&wk), 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 Dinesh Karthik, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Harshal Patel, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Avesh Khan.
South Africa team: 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Temba Bavuma (capt), 3 Rassie van der Dussen, 4 David Miller, 5 Tristan Stubbs, 6 Wayne Parnell, 7 Dwaine Pretorius, 8 Keshav Maharaj, 9 Tabraiz Shamsi, 10 Kagiso Rabada, 11 Anrich Nortje.
Head to Head In ODI’s: 15
IND Won: 9
SA Won: 6
Match Timings: 13:30 GMT | 19:00 Local
Umpires – Jayaraman Madanagopal, Nitin Menon
TV Umpires – Virender Sharma
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – KN Ananthapadmanabhan
Match number – T20I no. 1554