- Former skipper Faf du Plessis defended sailor Beuran Hendricks after Friday’s threat to England.
- Hendricks received 28 runs in his fourth and final finish.
- England continued to secure a win and took a 1-0 lead in a three-match series.
On Friday, they headed to the last four crossings of the inaugural T20 towards England in Newlands Proteus had 51 runs to defend.
At this stage, at the crossing, which was not the easiest for runners, the hosts would be considered slight favorites.
What followed, however, was the horror of left-handed sailor Beuran Hendricks, who opted for an incredible 28 runs and eventually left England in a gruesome distance of victory.
Jonny Bairstow (86 * z 48) was hot, but Hendricks didn’t do anything either, and for five wide balls that were so wide down, he caught one ball that he completely missed the pitch.
It was an incredibly busy day in the office for the 30-year-old, who finished with 0/56 (4) on his 14th T20 as the Proteas were comfortably defeated.
Former captain Faf du Plessis, who played an elegant knock 59 (40) earlier in the day, defended Hendricks at a post-match press conference and said that in the modern age of T20 cricket, it was not uncommon to see bowlers, some huge numbers.
“The T20 cricket game almost guarantees that someone will go at night,” he said.
“I wouldn’t pay too much attention to it if one guy went for a run because that’s the nature of the beast when you play T20 cricket.
“Tomorrow I could get a chance and a bowl in exactly the same areas and get a bojar.
“I wouldn’t condemn him too harshly. Tonight was not his night and they played well against him, he will learn from that … the strong will come back.”
In his performance, Du Plessis said he was incredibly happy to be back in the national colors.
“It’s always very special. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve done it,” he said.
“I think I really missed cricket again due to absence from the game, so the comeback to play for Proteas is also special, especially against a team like England.”
The second of the three T20s will air on Sunday in Paarl.