Man of the match Duminy happy to deliver under pressure

2014-02-24 09:05

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For JP Duminy, the Port Elizabeth test match against Australia was very rewarding, especially as he took wickets and made crucial runs.

What made it more special for him was the collective effort of the team when they had to bounce back under pressure.

Duminy had not made a century in more than two years before his first innings of 123, which proved to be a massive difference between the teams as they had to cope with bowler-friendly conditions.

The innings, along with key wickets during the game, earned him the man of the match award.

Duminy said he knew he was under pressure heading into the test match. He said pressure was something that accompanied professional players wherever they went, but he was happy he could grind out an innings under pressure and when the team needed him to deliver the goods.

“People put pressure on themselves and I pride myself on performances, especially from a South African point of view. You want to put in big performances for the team and contribute. It has been a long time coming for me. I have wanted to perform at this level and it is something that makes me happy,” Duminy said.

Duminy took the crucial wicket of David Warner before tea yesterday after Australia got off to a flying start, making 126 for the first wicket. However, it was Dale Steyn’s devastating spell of reverse swing that clinched the game for the Proteas and Duminy said he was happy that Steyn was on his side.

“It is great to be on his side and it is great to have him on our side. Many people feel that test cricket is the pinnacle and to watch a spell of bowling like that is exceptional and great to be a part of. That spell fired everybody up and the collective unit played its role. Everybody contributed and that is always exciting to see,” Duminy said.

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