Heinrich Klaasen of South Africa in action against Australia. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Heinrich Klaasen batters Australia as Proteas set up decider

Heinrich Klaasen played a blinder as the Proteas levelled up the ODI series against Australia at SuperSport Park with a dominant display.


Heinrich Klaasen of South Africa in action against Australia. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Heinrich Klaasen put the Australian attack to the sword in a brilliant display of power-hitting that helped the Proteas level their ODI series.

Klaasen hit 13 fours and 13 sixes in a belligerent knock that propelled South Africa to a total of 416 for 5.

Heinrich Klaasen batters Australia

He was well assisted by David Miller with an unbeaten 82 off 45 balls while Klaasen eventually fell for 174 off just 83 balls.

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Stand-in skipper Aiden Markram, commended the efforts of his middle order compatriots.

“Quite a few special performances,” Markram said. 

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“Can’t look past Klaasie’s. 

“Great partnership with Davie to put up a huge total. As the series has gone on, we’ve improved. 

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“We’ve been put under pressure in the powerplay. We came out and rectified that. 

“We’re striving towards standards, which we haven’t been up to. Getting there. 

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“We don’t want to take the ball out of someone’s hands but don’t want them to get lined up in the powerplay. 

“Executed plans which were a lot better today. It’s a fresh start on Sunday, respecting that fact is important. It offers an opportunity to string a perfect game. The chat will be around that with Temba coming back to lead.”

Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller of South Africa during 2023 Betway ODI International Series match between South Africa and Australia at Supersport Park Stadium in Centuriona on 15 September 2023 Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Hometown hero leads the Proteas to victory

Klaasen couldn’t quite believe how well his knock came off in front of his hometown crowd in Centurion.

He said: “Trying to take everything in. It’s a special day but tbh I don’t remember a lot of the innings. Will have to go back and watch.  

“We wanted to take it to the 35th over and see what happened from there. The bowling was good till then but they couldn’t hold on. The wicket also got better. I thought I could target spin and make big damage with Dave (Miller) in the last 10-12 overs. It was a normal partnership. When Rassie and I batted, it was 320, then it was 380, when Dave and I batted it was 400. Pretty sweet to do it on my home ground. 

“The crowd are incredible, they looked after me nicely.”

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