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How SA batters mastered India's spinners in first ODI

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Harish Kotian
January 20, 2022 12:20 IST
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'In the past SA batters were known to dominate against the seamers, now with the work put in by the coaching unit against spin bowling has helped a lot.'

IMAGE: South Africa's Rassie van der Dussen plays the sweep shot during the first ODI against India in Paarl on Wednesday. Photograph: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty images

South African batter Rassie van der Dussen was satisfied that he could execute his sweep shots to perfection as the Indian spinners were unsettled during the home team's 31-run win over visitors in the first ODI in Paarl on Wednesday.

 

Van der Dussen's 129 not out off 96 balls and his 204 run stand with skipper andd fellow centurion Temba Bavuma formed the cornerstone of an easy victory.

"Yeah, I think it was 68 for 3 when I came in. It was taking a bit of turn, so I knew I had to get my sweeps out. Generally, the wicket is quite slow here. I tried reverse sweeps, a few of them came off, got off to a flyer. I tried to put pressure back on the them (Indian spinners)," Van der Dussen said after thematch.

Van der Dussen was involved in two successful high-pressure run chases in the Test series recently and that certainly increased his confidence in the first ODI where he took the Indian attack to cleaners.

"Two high pressure run chases in the Tests meant we were quite confident as a unit. All in all, a good day for the batters." he added.
    
Van der Dussen swept really well against Tuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin, something he puts in to the hard work during net sessions and upgrading his skills against quality slow bowlers.

"Conditions in Paarl generally suit spinners and slower bowlers. The way we upskilled ourselves...starting from the T20s in West Indies, then the series in Sri Lanka and the T20 World Cup.

"Up-skilling our batters against spin.. making sure that we can dominate spin. In the past SA batters were known to dominate against the seamers, now with the work put in by the coaching unit against spin bowling has helped a lot," he added.

IMAGE: Rassie van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma scored centuries to power South Africa to a 31-run victory against India in the series opener. Photograph: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty images

Van der Dussen, was all praise for his skipper Bavuma, who anchored the innings well.

"Obviously, played with Temba for long in my career. It was very hot out there today and when he got to 70 or 80, he felt the heat a bit and he reminded me to remind him to keep the intensity up. Always enjoyed batting with him, his running between the wickets is something I feed off well."

Van der Dussen, who currently averages an astonishing 73.62 after 30 ODIs, said he did not pay too much attention to it and had always been clear about what to do when he went out to bat.

"To be honest, I don't pay too much attention to it. Like I said earlier, every innings you are starting on zero and trying to assess the match situation. In my career, I have been clear on what to do when I go into bat."

"I am glad I was able to play a match-winning knock. It is good to start on a good note and do for the team what they expect from me," he added.

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