India vs South Africa: Reeza Hendricks says Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave Proteas nothing to score off in 1st T20I

South African opener Reeza Hendricks today heaped praise on Bhuvneshwar Kumar, saying the Indian pacer consistently hit the right areas and didnt give the batsmen anything to score off during the first T20 international in Johannesburg on Sunday

PTI, February 19, 2018

Johannesburg: South African opener Reeza Hendricks today heaped praise on Bhuvneshwar Kumar, saying the Indian pacer consistently hit the right areas and didnt give the batsmen anything to score off during the first T20 international in Johannesburg on Sunday.

Bhuvneshwar picked his maiden five-wicket haul (5-24) as India won the first T20I by 28 runs after restricting South Africa to 175 for 9 in 20 overs.

"He (Bhuvneshwar) was just consistent in his areas which was pretty much giving us nothing to score off. So we had to be happy with ones and twos at that time," said Hendricks, who scored 70 off 50 balls.

File image of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Reuters

File image of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Reuters

"They just executed their plans well and kept it very simple. That's pretty much it compared to what we did," he added.

India made an aggressive start and scored 78/2 in the first six overs which set them up for 203/5 eventually. In comparison, South Africa were 41 for 2 after the powerplay overs.

"Obviously their powerplay was much better than ours. Looking back now that's where we lost it," he said.

Hendricks had an 81-run partnership with Farhaan Behardien but it was not enough to change the game. He said they had to play according to the situation as India was bowling a very tight line.

"Conditions were very good for batting. But Indians bowled really well. So I started slowly and then I had to get myself in and like I said, take it as deep as possible, with the wickets falling around.

"I managed to do that but would have loved to see the team home," Hendricks said. "As an opening batsman, we obviously try to get a start, try and capitalise in the first six and then take it deep as possible.

"They obviously bowled well, we lost a few wickets so that meant obviously we had to stabilise the innings and build a few partnerships and try to take it as deep as possible," he added.

Updated Date: Feb 19, 2018





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
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1 England 5751 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3548 101
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1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114