Bavuma praised Klaasen’s ‘value’ as the Proteas went up 2-0 against India

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Heinrich Klaasen (Twitter: @OfficialCSA)

Heinrich Klaasen (Twitter: @OfficialCSA)

Wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen slammed 81 of 46 balls to lead South Africa’s tough chase as they beat India by four wickets in their second Twenty20 international on Saturday.

It took 149 for a victory on a hot and humid day at Cuttack, South Africa rode Klaasen’s fourth T20 in the fourth half of the century to hit the target in 18.2 overs and lead the five-match series 2-0.

The South African bowler, led by spearhead pace Kagiso Rabada, set up the victory after keeping India to 148-6 after deciding to go to the first field.

The Tourists suffered a pre-match blow when goalkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock was sidelined with a hand injury, but Temba Bavuma’s team maintained the momentum from the opening victory.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar put South Africa in trouble at 29-3 in six overs on a seemingly tough batting field before Klaasen and Bavuma, who made 35, put in 64 runs to chase back on track.

“It’s a tough chase,” Bavuma said. “He got the ball to talk to the new ball, it was very difficult. I was just trying to hold on and let Klassen come and do what I did best.”

Kumar, who went 4-13, beat Reeza Hendricks and Dwaine Pretorius in the first two rounds and then beat the match’s hero ahead of Rassie van der Dussen, who made it 75 in the team’s opening victory.

Klaasen soaks up the pressure and humidity with a clean hit.

He raised 50 on 41 balls and eliminated the Indian attack to make the target look easy with David Miller in the company.

Klaasen hit seven fours and five sixes before leaving, but the job was done and Miller’s left -hand hit won the run to finish with 20 not out.

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Klaasen led Miller, who played a key role with 64 in the opening, at number five but Bavuma said the batsmen corrected the position.

“David, we can use him at five or six. He’s obviously a left-hander, it helps in the end. Klaasen is a guy who can with a couple of balls do a lot of damage,” Sa Bavuma said.

“Klaasen has shown there that he adds a lot of value to our batting. It’s about whatever you do, whatever the situation, do it as well as you can.”

Earlier Rabada sent back Ruturaj Gaikwad for one to bring up a 50. T20 wicket for South Africa and a 1-15 return.

Left-handed openers Ishan Kishan (34) and Shreyas Iyer (40) then tried to rebuild the round in a 45-run partnership that was broken by fast bowler Anrich Nortje, who took two wickets.

Left -arm spinner Keshav Maharaj sent back captain Rishabh Pant in the first half and soon, Hardik Pandya’s goal from Wayne Parnell put India ahead.

But Dinesh Karthik hit an undefeated 30 of 21 balls to give the team the final push in a 36-run unbeaten run by Harshal Patel but the effort was not enough.

The third match is in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.

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