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I mixed it up to fox South Africa, says Bhuvneshwar

I mixed it up to fox South Africa, says Bhuvneshwar

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Klaasen stepped up when they needed him, though, smashing a couple of slower balls from Unadkat over the ropes before taking a liking to Chahal - hitting the spinner for five sixes - as Duminy ticked over nicely at the other end. They were eager to battle hard, take nasty blows and avoid a whitewash. But that in turn has left the lower order untested, and South Africa exploited this weakness especially well in the third T20I, knocking over the last five wickets for nine runs. Among South Africa batsmen, Klaasen's innings is the fifth-fastest 50-plus knock. And Klaasen didn't disappoint.

Klaasen has been a revelation, proving with his 30-ball 69 that his heroics in the Pink Day ODI weren't an aberration.

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"It's really special, at my home ground - it was something I dreamt of as a kid", said Klaasen, the Player of the Match, afterwards.

Coming together in the 11th over, the duo added 98 runs between them to carry the visitors to a formidable total.

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It was a night to remember for Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen as he, alongside captain JP Duminy, helped South Africa comfortably chase down India's 188/4 in the second T20 worldwide in Centurion on Wednesday, with six wickets in hand and eight balls to spare. Pandya was one of the most economical bowlers for India on the night when the South African batsmen were in sublime form.

Klaasen‚ who has featured for South Africa A on numerous occasions‚ said this is an important stage of his career and he is happy to have made a positive contribution to put his name in the minds of the selectors. But by that time, the damage was done. With Behardien on strike, the first three balls (including one wide) netted SA four runs.

Fittingly, it was the Proteas captain who hit the winning runs. It has, in fact, won only one of its last six T20Is here, since 2011.

After what happened in the first two Tests in South Africa, going into the first Test without proper acclimatisation or warm-up matches, serious thought is being given to going into major assignments with proper preparation, starting with the tour to England.

After bringing South Africa in sight of victory, Klaasen finally departed when he top-edged a Unadkat delivery straight to Dhoni behind the stumps in the 14th over.


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