Rassie van der Dussen gives Vancouver Knights win

The inaugural Global T20 Canada continues to impress as several lesser known cricketers have come to the fore. Apart from cricketers from ICC associate member nations, a lot of domestic cricketers from full-member nations are a part of the league, contributing well and making a name for themselves thus far.

One such player is South African batsman Hendrik Erasmus van der Dussen, known as just Rassie van der Dussen. He plays first-class cricket in South Africa for the Highveld Lions and for Vancouver Knights at the inaugural GT20 Canada. He has contributed well in all three games thus far, with yesterday’s knock being the best of all.

He came to bat and got the Knights out of a tough situation and then helped them put up a strong total, win the game and move to #3 on the GT20 Canada points table. Vancouver was in trouble at 41/3 after the powerplay overs and that’s when van der Dussen walked in and changed the course of the game. He played well and struck a small partnership with Hong Kong captain Babar Hayat.

van der Dussen

Once Hayat was dismissed, Dussen shifted gears and took the attack to the bowlers of the Montreal Tigers, smashing an unbeaten 83(56)* and propelling his team up to a respectable score of 166/6, which has proven to be slightly higher than the par scores at the Maple Leaf Cricket Ground in King City. Captain Lasith Malinga finished as his team’s best bowler – 3/41. An exciting chase was pending.

Tim Southee began proceedings for Vancouver by getting the wicket of Dwayne Smith on the very first delivery of the innings, followed by the wicket of opening partner Sunil Narine very soon. The pacers caused early damage, with Southee ending with 3/20 and Sheldon Cottrell picking up 2 as well, following up a good performance in the last game.

George Worker and Moises Henriques were the only two who got comfortable at the crease, scoring forties each. However, no one else contributed and Montreal Tigers could only manage 148, following short by 18 runs. Canada’s Saad bin Zafar picked up 3/21, while Rassie van der Dussen won the Man of the Match award.

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