‘open to bat anywhere’ for Proteas, says David Miller after 7-wicket win over India

Top-knocks by Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller took South Africa to a seven-wicket over India, in the first T20I of the five-match series, here at Arun Jaitely Stadium.

South African cricket team player David Miller plays a shot during the first T20 cricket match against India. Pic/PTI

South Africa batter David Miller, who was adjudged as the Player of the Match for his match-winning inning of 64* runs against India on Thursday, said that he is ‘open to bat anywhere’ for his side.

In the first T20I match, Rassie van der Dussen and Miller took the team to a seven-wicket win over India on Thursday. 

At a post-match presentation, Miller said, “Understanding winning more games and more consistency gives you more belief. I am pretty open to bat anywhere. Just want to make a difference.”

He said, “Obviously a lot of hard work has gone in over the last few years understanding my game a lot better. You need two players playing a part while chasing.”

Miller praised Rassie van der Dussen for his knock that guided Proteas to win over the hosts. Van der Dussen smashed 75* off 46 balls while Miller scored 64* off 31 balls in a historical run chase.

The two batters eventually put up an unbeaten partnership of 131 runs for the fourth wicket and brought up their fifties.

“Rassie played phenomenally well at the back end with some big overs. Chuffed with the result. Just try and hang in there was the chat (With Rassie). He was trying to go but he wasn’t getting it. Just about limiting dot balls and waiting for that loose ball,” said Miller.

Talking about the match, chasing 212 South Africa lost wickets at regular intervals and were 81/3 when Miller and Van der Dussen came in for the rescue. While van der Dussen struggled to play at the start, Miller continued his red-hot form and dominated Indian bowlers.

With only four runs left to win in the last over, van der Dussen sent the very first delivery of Chahal for a boundary and claimed a historical seven-wicket victory, with five balls remaining.

Earlier, after being put to bat first, India posted 211/4 in 20 overs. Ishan Kishan smashed 76 off 48 while Hardik Pandya also played the quick-fire knock of unbeaten 31 off 12.

(with ANI inputs) 


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