Imran Tahir claims seven wickets against West Indies


Imran Tahir has been certainly the best spinner for South Africa in recent times. He showed that in the 6th ODI against West Indies in the Tri-Nation series 2016. Tahir take seven wickets for 45 to knock down West Indies innings at St Kitts. The hosts were bundled out for 204 chasing 344. They have had a few high-quality spin bowlers in the past Nicky Boje, Johan Botha, Pat Symcox, Robin Peterson, Paul Adams and part time bowler Jean-Paul Duminy but none have been able to match Tahir’s intensity. He is the most important wicket taker in the spin department with 105 wickets. Tahir served up a rich variety of deliveries.

Earlier Amla scored 110 off 99 balls to indentation his 23rd career ODI century, giving out an opening partnership of 182 with Quinton de Kock (71) to set the visitors on their method to a formidable 343-4. West Indies complete a brilliant start in respond with openers Johnson Charles and Andrew Fletcher compiling a quick fire 69 before the last holed out at deep mid-wicket for 21 from the last ball of the ninth over to give Tahir his first wicket. The result was not at all in doubt once Charles, who scored 49, was sent packing in the 13th over. In his 58th match, Tahir became the greatest South African bowler to arrive at 100 ODI wickets, and the fourth quickest overall. Tahir conveyed that he had not realized he needed only two wickets to crack the century.

South Africa's victory leaves the triangular series evenly balanced, with the Proteas, West Indies and Australia all on two wins from four matches. South Africa, thanks to two bonus points, leads the standings with 10 points, followed by Australia on nine and West Indies on eight. Tahir’s best bowling attempt got South Africa the bonus point they wanted to No.1 spot on the Points Table generous them a possibility to arrive at the finals of Tri-Nation series. It seems like South Africa’s spin bowling woes have been put to an end for at least a couple of years with Tahir in the side.