Dhaka - Proteas batsman, Rilee Rossouw, praised the excellent
contribution from the spinners in the Proteas’ 52-run win against Bangladesh in
Mirpur on Sunday.
As it happened: Bangladesh v Proteas
Aaron Phangiso (1/21) and JP Duminy (2/11) made use of
conducive conditions to shift the match in South Africa’s favour, particularly
during the crucial middle period when Bangladesh looked to be in control.
“Both sides bowled spin really well today,” Rossouw said to
the media after the match.
“Luckily for us we bowled in the second innings and
I thought that favoured us a little bit more. We showed good skill and patience
but all in all I thought both teams were good with spin.”
Rossouw’s (31 off 21 balls) unbeaten 58-run partnership with
man-of-the-match, Faf du Plessis (79 off 61 balls), gave the Proteas a vital
lift towards a “par” total on a low and slow deck. The left-hander slotted into
his new role at number six with ease, despite challenging conditions and
Bangladesh’s spin barrage.
“We looked at the statistics which showed that 150 is a par
score for day games at this ground,” he said when asked if he thought 148 runs
were enough. “We thought that we had a good chance of winning today, especially
when the ball started turning in the second innings. We bowled well, stuck to
our guns and ended up on top.”
The 25-year-old also gave credit to Du Plessis for his
guidance and leadership during their partnership. “Faf played an immaculate innings,” he said of
the captain. “We lost two early wickets but he still took the game to them and
played his natural attacking game. He led from the front, he never slowed down,
he knuckled down and did the job for the team.”