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Cricket news - Rassie van der Dussen fifty gives South Africa fighting 241

An unbeaten 67 off 64 balls from Rassie van der Dussen lifted South Africa to a fighting total

South Africa struggled for momentum throughout their innings but managed 241 for 6 at Edgbaston against New Zealand on Wednesday (June 19). Hashim Amla laboured his way to an 83-ball 55 while the total was propped up by the 72-run stand between David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen in the death overs.

Once the coin fell in New Zealand's favour, South Africa were pretty certain they would be asked to bat first. With five inches of rain in the last day, and with an additional 1.3 inches the previous night, the groundstaff were forced to keep the track under covers for extended periods. Hence, the start was delayed and it was reduced to a 49-overs-per-side contest. So when Quinton de Kock and Amla walked out to bat, one would have expected a cautious approach.

Instead, South Africa got recklessness from de Kock. The opener came down the track only to see a ball nip in from Trent Boult and knock the stumps out. Faf du Plessis, at No. 3, scored 23 and was involved in a half-century stand with Amla. The South Africa captain, though, was beautifully set up by Lockie Ferguson as he delivered a bouncer at the body and then a pin-point yorker the next ball to knock out the stumps.

At 59 for 2 after 14 overs, South Africa were struggling for momentum. Amla's excruciating innings, which saw him cross 8000 ODI runs, and the go-slow approach from Aiden Markram helped New Zealand dictate terms. After 25 overs, South Africa were 98 for 2, lacking any direction and intent. Amla's dismissal in the 27th over and then Markram throwing away his wicket after a grind in the 33rd only hurt the progress.

David Miller too struggled for timing but the proactive approach of van der Dussen rubbed off on the left-hander. Miller's first boundary came after 31 balls as he launched Boult wide of long-on to collect a six. It helped Miller find his rhythm as he struck back-to-back boundaries in the next over against Ferguson to carry the side over 200. The pacer, however, had the last laugh as Miller sliced a short ball to third man to fall for 36. New Zealand's fielding was pretty average on the day and van der Dussen benefited from a reprieve before ending with an unbeaten 67.

Brief scores: South Africa 241/6 in 49 overs (Rassie van der Dussen 67*; Lockie Ferguson 3-59) vs New Zealand.

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