South Africa vs Zimbabwe 2nd ODI: South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir became the fourth South African in ODI history to take a hattrick after Charl Langeveldt, JP Duminy and Kagiso Rabada. By picking 6 for 24, he also derailed an inexperienced Zimbabwean outfit. The memorable three deliveries started in the 18th over when he first picked Sean Williams. Then he scalped the wickets of Peter Moor and Brandon Mavuta to complete the feat in the next over. He also became the 44th ODI cricketer to pick a hattrick. Tahir put South Africa in front after a not-so-impressive show with the bat. Things could have been much worse for the Proteas had Dale Steyn not chipped in with an 85-ball 60.
Here is how he got his hattrick:
Chasing a target of 199, Zimbabwe were bundled for 78, with Tahir bagging a 6-fer. Bagging four wickets in six balls, Tahir ended the match with his third five-wicket haul in ODIs.
Speaking about the team’s performance, South Africa captain JP Duminy said: “The pitch certainly wasn’t ideal. From the position we were in to get to 198 was superb. The plan Dale came out with while facing bowlers was exceptional.”
“The bowling has been superb – Dale coming into his own, Tahir coming into his best. Again we are hoping that the wicket in Paarl would be one where runs would be scored and hopefully the guys playing would take it with both hands,” he concluded.