Imran Tahir takes seven as South Africa routs West Indies to win by 139 runs

The sixth game of the West indies Tri-nation series saw the host West Indies take on South Africa at Warner Park Basseterre in St. Kitts. Jason Holder won the toss for the West Indies and decided to field first. South Africa got off a perfect start as openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock put on 182-run stand for the opening wicket. Hashim Amla went on to score his 23rd century in one day international cricket as he made 110 runs off 99 balls that included thirteen boundaries in his inning. Quinton de Kock looked off-color as he struggled to notch up his half century. He was dismissed for 71 runs by West Indies fast bowler James Taylor. Chris Morris and Faf du Plessis chipped in important knocks to take South Africa to a mammoth total of 343 runs after 50 overs.

In reply, West Indies got off to a brisk start as openers Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher put on 69 run partnership to give some hope to the dressing room. But it was not those days as South Africa premier leg spinner Imran Tahir was introduced into the attack and got the wicket of Fletcher to start the slide. West Indies were going along well as Samuels and Ramdin were looking to build a partnership but Tahir once again back onto the attack to dismiss Samuels and Pollard to put Proteas in a position of ascendancy.

Imran Tahir derailed the West indies line-up as he cleaned up the tail with his variations to record his best figures in a one day game by taking 7 wickets and conceding 45 runs in nine overs. It was also the first time that a bowler from South Africa has taken seven wickets in a one day game. The spinner produced his best to see his side pulverize West Indies to win the game by 139 runs and go top of table in the point’s standings.


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