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Visser's whirlwind knock puts Tuks on way to third victory


Aron Visser played one of the most remarkable innings in Red Bull Campus Challenge T20 cricket to put Pretoria University, representing South Africa, well on the way to a 62-run victory over their Indian counterparts in their third tournament match at the ICC Cricket Academy in Dubai on Wednesday.

Tuks have now won all three their matches to date and they once again owed a lot to the work done up front by their opening pair of Jiveshen Pillay and Francois van Heerden who put on 44 runs for the first wicket in 5.1 overs after they had again won the toss.

But it was the 20-year-old Visser who turned the game on its head. He came to the crease at No.6 with Tuks on 143/4 with only 17 balls left in the innings. A target in the region of 160 looked very possible for the Indians, particularly when Jandre Pretorius was dismissed for his second quick-fire half-century of the tournament three balls and four runs later.

But Visser had other ideas, scoring 40 of the 46 remaining runs that Tuks were able to put on the board off 9 balls as he hit 6 deliveries for maximums. In his only other innings in the tournament to date he made 36 off 17 balls against England’s Leeds University.

A target of 190 was a much harder chase for their opponents and they didn’t close to it as Ruben Trumpelmann and Gideon Peters again bowled very effectively in the power play and also picked up important wickets into the bargain.

The Indian side were restricted to 127/8 with their captain, Mayank Mayank making 35 off 31 balls and Sagan Sharma 36 off 43 balls.

Nkosinathi Msiza was the most successful bowler, taking 2/12.