Beuran Hendricks was sensational in the Proteas’ losing cause at SuperSport Park as he picked up career-best figures of 4-14 to earn Wednesday’s Turbo Bowler award, writes ANITHA MADIKIZELA.
The left-arm seamer brought out his best for the Proteas with the ball during their dead-rubber encounter against Pakistan, though the South Africans lost by 27 runs in Centurion.
Hendricks began his destructive spell with the wicket of danger man Fakhar Zaman (17 off 17 balls, 2×4, 1×6) thanks to a brilliant forward-diving catch by Tabraiz Shamsi. He then dismissed Imad Wasim (19 off 13 balls, 3×4) with the last ball of his third over before getting rid of Faheem Ashraf (four runs off six balls) with the first ball of his last over.
Shadab Khan (22 not out off 8 balls, 3×6) survived the hat-trick ball that followed, but Mohammad Amir was unable to negotiate the next delivery as he holed out to Rassie van der Dussen on the deep cover boundary in the penultimate over of the innings.
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Hendricks’ destructive and economical spell resulted in him walking away with his career-best figures to date on the international stage, with his four wickets costing him only 3.50 runs per over, including a sensational 14 dot balls in the high-octane format.
Unfortunately for Hendricks, his good deeds with the ball weren’t rewarded as the Proteas failed to chase down their target in the final match of Pakistan’s tour of South Africa.
The Proteas won’t be too discouraged with the result in Centurion after putting an end to Pakistan’s T20I series-winning streak dating back to 2016 in the previous two T20I’s – winning the series 2-1.
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