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Van der Dussen admits Australia opener the 'real test' after thrilling Pakistan win

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South African batter Rassie van der Dussen.
South African batter Rassie van der Dussen.
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  • On Wednesday, centurion Rassie van der Dussen hailed the Proteas batting line-up for chasing 186 in their T20 warm-up against Pakistan.
  • Van der Dussen smashed an unbeaten century to lead the Proteas to a thrilling final-ball six-wicket win.
  • However, Van der Dussen admitted that the real test for South Africa would be their opening T20 World Cup match against Australia on Saturday.

Proteas star batter Rassie van der Dussen says that they will take a lot of confidence from their T20 warm-up victory against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Van der Dussen led the Proteas to a thrilling final-ball victory, scoring an unbeaten 101 off 51 balls (10 fours and 4 sixes) as South Africa chased down 186 to win.

South Africa, who defeated Afghanistan earlier in the week, go two-for-two in their warm-ups ahead of their opening T20 World Cup match against Australia on Saturday.

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Van der Dussen was delighted to see the South African batting order adapt and chase down the 180-odd target on low and slow wickets.

"It's vital to spend time on these wickets, which are a bit lower and slower, especially at night where it gets skiddy and low," said Van der Dussen on Wednesday evening.

"Most guys have had a decent run out in the middle, so we know what to expect in terms of conditions.

"When you think low and slow, you don't expect a high-scoring game, but there were almost 400 runs on this field."

Bowling performance

Despite Van der Dussen's heroics, the Proteas lost their openers Quinton de Kock (6) and Reeza Hendricks (7) early at the start of their run chase.

Van der Dussen says that the Proteas batters should take a lot of confidence from chasing 186, considering their troubling and slow start.

"The batters will take a lot of confidence from their time in the middle. The guys have been batting well," said Van der Dussen.

"A guy like Quinny hasn't come off yet and we still chased a high score. I don't think we'll be happy with our bowling performance.

"They shouldn't have gotten that many, but there's a bit of confidence in knowing that, even if you do get it wrong with the ball, the batters can make up."

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South Africa, ranked 5th in the T20 team rankings, is not among the favourites for the ongoing T20 World Cup as they search for their first World Cup title.

'Realistic'

Van der Dussen admitted that the "real test" for the Proteas would come on Saturday in their opener against Australia.

"It's a warm-up game, so you've got to be realistic about it," said Van der Dussen.

"It's a win, but the real test starts on Saturday. We'll take the lessons, good and bad from today, get up and do it all over again.

"There's still a lot of cricket to be played, so you can only do what's in front of you. Saturday is in front of us now and we know what we need to do."

Australia suffered an 8-wicket loss to India in their second T20 warm-up on Wednesday.

Play on Saturday starts at 12:00 SA time.

Proteas T20 World Cup squad:

Temba Bavuma (captain, Lions), Keshav Maharaj (Dolphins), Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper, Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (Lions), Reeza Hendricks (Lions), Heinrich Klaasen (Titans), Aiden Markram (Titans), David Miller (Dolphins), Wiaan Mulder (Lions), Lungi Ngidi (Titans), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Dwaine Pretorius (North West Dragons), Kagiso Rabada (Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans), Rassie van der Dussen (Lions)

Travelling reserves: Andile Phehlukwayo (Dolphins), George Linde (Western Province), Lizaad Williams (Titans)

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