Imran Tahir becomes South Africa’s No. 1 T20 bowler behind Dale Steyn. South Africa defeated Zimbabwe by 34 runs in the first T20 match. With this, he has made a 1-0 lead in the 3 match series. East London (South Africa): Thanks to the five wickets of leg-spinner Imran Tahir (5/23), South Africa defeated Zimbabwe by 34 runs in the first T20 International on Tuesday. South Africa batted first with 160 runs in six wickets. Then, thanks to Tahir’s spin, the hosts piled up on 126 runs.
Imran Tahir, 39, got off to a new ball and took Zimbabwe’s first three wickets. He scored two wickets in consecutive balls in his second spell. This gave the visitors a score of 65 for six wickets. Peter Moore hit four consecutive sixes in left-arm spinner Tabrez Shamsi.
With the help of Brendon Maavuta, adding 53 runs in 19 balls for the eighth wicket raised Zimbabwe’s ray of hope, but the loss of the visiting team was fixed as the partnership collapsed. Moore scored 44 off 21 balls while Maavuta scored 28 runs from 14 balls.
Prior to South Africa, Resi Van der Dussen made 56 runs. They landed at the crease when the team was in trouble after losing two wickets in 11 overs in the second over. Dussen also shared an 87-run partnership with David Miller (39) in 66 balls for the fourth wicket.
Captain Faf du Plessis also scored 34 runs in 20 balls. Zimbabwe’s Kyle Jarvis scored three for 37 while Chris Moffa took two wickets for 24 runs. Former Zimbabwe Under-19 captain and leg-spinner Maavuta got one wicket for 19 runs in four overs.
Imran Tahir took 5 wickets in the 37th match
With five wickets in this match, Imran Tahir has become South Africa’s best T20 bowler. This was his 37th T20 match. After this match, he has 62 wickets in 37 T20 matches. Imran left behind Dale Steyn. Stan has 58 wickets in 42 T20 matches. World record of taking 98 wickets in T20 is the name of Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi.