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Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen go big for Proteas at Boland Park against India

Proteas batsmen Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen celebrate their celebrate 100-run partnership against India. Picture: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Proteas batsmen Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen celebrate their celebrate 100-run partnership against India. Picture: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Published Jan 19, 2022

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Paarl - Rassie van der Dussen and Proteas captain Temba Bavuma both struck magnificent centuries on Wednesday to propel the home side to 296/4 in the first ODI against India.

Bavuma (110, 143 balls, 8x4) and Van der Dussen (129 not out, 96 balls, 9x4, 4x6) put on a 204-run stand, which was incidentally the highest fourth wicket partnership at Boland Park, from just 184 balls.

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South Africa had lost Janneman Malan cheaply after winning the toss and electing to bat when the opener, who was playing at his new home ground, edged Jasprit Bumrah behind for six.

Bavuma then joined De Kock with his side on 19/1 and played with poise throughout even when South Africa lost two quick wickets in the 16th and 18th overs.

De Kock had looked to settle in during his return to international cricket after a spell of paternity leave, but just when he seemingly seemed to have adjusted to the pace of the surface, he had his stumps re-arranged by Ravi Ashwin to be dismissed for 27.

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There was no change in Aiden Markram's fortunes this summer despite the format switch with South Africa's No 4 running himself out to leave the hosts precariously placed 68/3.

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It was at this juncture that Van der Dussen joined Bavuma at the crease and immediately added the impetus the South African innings required.

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Van der Dussen's mission of intent was displayed early on when he despatched a Shardul Thakur full toss over wide long-on for six. He delivered the same dosage to Bhuvneshwar Singh during the latter part of the innings too when the experienced seamer also missed his lengths.

Bavuma's innings, though, was littered with some classy strokeplay, especially when firstly swept Yuzvendra Chahal to mid-wicket before crunching a sweetly-timed cover drive for two boundaries in the over to get his innings going.

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From thereon the duo totally dominated the Indian bowling attack to set up an imposing total on a surface that is only likely to get slower as the afternoon sun bakes down.

Earlier, South Africa awarded Test sensation Marco Jansen an ODI debut and he will be raring to go with the white ball for the first time in national colours.

Summarised scoreboard

South Africa: 296/4 (Van der Dussen 129*, Bavuma 110, Bumrah 2/58

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