South Africa’s vice-captain Rassie van der Dussen says that his team came to India to compete in the “traditional South African way” despite the fact that they have a young and inexperienced side as compared to the previous South African teams that gave India a tough competition.
India and South Africa played their second T20I at Mohali after the first one was washed out due to wet outfield at Dharamsala without a ball being bowled. India won the match by seven wickets as skipper Virat Kohli hit 72 runs off 52 balls.
“We have got a young squad now, but we came here to compete in the traditional South African way, try hard, play hard,” Dussen told the reporters.
“We have got young guys in the squad and we are not going to stand back for anyone. That’s the emphasis, results go your way or not, that’s sometimes you are not sure what’s going to happen. We knew its going to be tough, India is one of the strongest team in the world, and we know we are embracing their challenge,” he added.
"Virat and Rohit are the two leading run-scorers at the moment in T20Is. It’s a great challenge for young bowlers coming here to bowl to those type of guys. We know what challenge is all about, there is a lot of challenges coming to India, and we are honest to ourselves and saying that if we are going to win, we have to be at our best to nullify these types of players.”
"We got Rohit early other night, Shikhar played well, though again, we didn’t have a score to put pressure on him and Virat, and the partnership was massive. Come the match, we can play to execute our plans and get in the situation so that we can put those guys under pressure," he said showing some confidence before the final match.
The third and final T20I of the series will be played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on 22nd September.
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