Van der Dussen hails SA bow

10 October 2018 10:35:37 EST

Rassie van der Dussen hailed a debut not far from perfection after hitting a half-century off Zimbabwe in the Twenty20 series opener.

South Africa went 1-0 up courtesy of the 29-year-old's efforts in East London - he hit 56 off 44 balls - plus those of Imran Tahir.

It is pretty close to perfect. To get 50 on debut and to top it off with the team winning, which is the most important thing, it is a dream come true.

Rassie van der Dussen

Leg-spinner Tahir claimed five wickets and will now be rested from the final two matches to provide Tabraiz Shamsi with more international exposure.

Van Der Dussen reflected: "It is pretty close to perfect. To get 50 on debut and to top it off with the team winning, which is the most important thing, it is a dream come true.

"As a player you always have to try to learn and adapt. You want to get better every day. I came up against Zimbabwe's bowlers for the first time so going into the next few games I will reassess and see where I went wrong and where I can do better. Hopefully I can emulate what I did here in the last two games."

Ahead of those fixtures, he added: "Spin won't be as effective on the Highveld. We might have some high-scoring games if the wickets are like they usually are in Potch and Benoni. As a batter your scoring areas and tactics change a bit, especially against spin. I can see some big totals if we get good wickets."

South Africa are 1/7 to win the second T20 international on Friday, while Zimbabwe are priced at 9/2.

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