"I knew, I had to make India pay"- Van Der Dussen on his dropped catch by Shreyas Iyer in first T20
On Thursday, India locked horns with South Africa in the first match of the five-match T20 series at Arun Jaitely Stadium. But it ended in favour of the visitors, as they registered the most successful run-chase against India in T20 cricket. The duo of David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen registered the second highest partnership for the fourth wicket in history.
Both batters added an unbeaten 131* runs for the fourth wicket to see them home. Miller played the way he is known for, but Van der Dussen did struggle in the innings, but he too picked up the pace. But it happened after he was dropped by Shreyas Iyer off Avesh Khan at the boundary.
The right-hander was on 29 runs off 30 balls when he was dropped, but after getting the second life, he just went berserk and added 46 runs in the next 16 balls. After the match, the right-hander also spoke about that dropped catch. He said that the drop was crucial for me and knew that he would have to make India pay for that.
He added that initially, he put the team under pressure by not being able to hit boundaries, and sometimes it happens when it doesn't come to what you are trying to do. But I was lucky today.
Van der Dussen said, "It was tough to get yourself set. I knew I was in and I had to make them pay. If Shreyas had caught that ball, it might've been a different game. That said, we had a lot of batting still to come."
He also praised the efforts of the veteran left-hander and said Miller carried on his form from the IPL and put all the bowlers under pressure. Van der Dussen stated that the left-hander played a brilliant cameo and helped him in the initial phase. He said, "Once he hit those consecutive sixes, the momentum shifted our way."
Miller remained unbeaten on 64 off 31, including four boundaries and five sixes, and Dussen was unbeaten on 75 off 46. This was also the first loss for India after 12 matches.