Rassie van der Dussen excels as Proteas down Pakistan in nail-biting thriller
20 October, 2021
Clinical Rassie van der Dussen was excelled as South Africa registered a nail-biting win against Pakistan in the warm-up ahead of the ICC Men s T20 World Cup 2021 on Wednesday.
Rassie van der Dussen remained unbeaten as he made 101 off 51 to help South African chase down Pakistan's 186 in their final warm-up game.
Imad Wasim gave his side a dream start by uprooting both the South African with the score on board being just 15 runs but could not get the priced wicket of Rassie van der Dussen, which did prove to be the difference in the end.
Hasan Ali had a day to forget as he was unable to defend 19 runs in the last over and this loss is exactly what Pakistan did not need heading into the tournament and having to face India in their opening match.
Sent into bat first, Pakistan scored 186/6 with Fakhar Zaman scoring an impressive 52 off 28.
T20 World Cup: Pakistan loses against South Africa in warm-up match
Before retiring, he added crucial runs with veteran Shoaib Malik (23 off 20) as Pakistan fight back from a poor start. Asif Ali hit blistering 32 runs from 18.
For the Proteas, Kagiso Rabada bagged three wickets, while Keshav Maharaj and Anrich Nortje took one each.
It is to be noted that Pakistan had defeated the West Indies by seven wickets in the first warm-up match.