The way he batted against England then carried that form into SA20 League and scored a magnificent century for Pretoria Capitals. Now, he has done something similar against West Indies.
West Indies had high hopes to win the first ODI series in South Africa after 30 years but it was all washed out by Klaasen who guided Proteas from 84/4 to 264/6 in 29.3 overs.
On a honest note, despite having 260 on board and catching South Africa off guard at 84/4, West Indies didn’t look to have control over the game.
As captain Aiden Markram fell in 11th over, next batter David Miller played his natural attacking game. Klaasen and Miller both brought 50 runs partnership in no time as West Indies felt that game in running away from them with every over bowled.
With the bat, West Indies started well yet again but their batting joy was short-lived as they lost wickets at regular intervals.
At one stage, Nicholas Pooran and Jason Holder were looking all set to cross 280 runs mark but wickets, the thing that matters the most wasn’t in their favour.
Even if they had slightest chance of pulling off victory, it was all shattered by flashing blade of Heinrich Klaasen who scored 119 off 65 balls.
Marco Jansen, too, joined the party after sending WI batters in all sorted of trouble with some fine class hit the deck bowling. He picked two wickets before sharing 103 runs partnership off 60 balls with Klaasen.
Klaasen’s second ODI 100 came in remarkable fashion, 15 fours and 5 sixes. He was dealing in boundaries throughout middle overs. David Miller, too, looked in good touch before losing his wicket to Akeal Hosein.
With this victory, South Africa equalled the series which at one stage, looked to go in the favour of West Indies. Proteas men were superb with the ball, then ofcourse, it was fireworks all around the ground by centurian Heinrich Klaasen.
Both teams will now lock their heads in for T20i series which starts from 25th March at Centurion.