Seventh heaven



June 17, 2016
Seventh heaven

HOWZAT!: Imran Tahir. CREDIT: Sourced

Tahir takes a record 7/45 in win over WI.

Imran Tahir hit the top of the Proteas’ best bowling charts as his record-breaking feat led South Africa to the top of the Tri-Series log.

The charismatic leg spinner took 7/45 as the Proteas destroyed the West Indies in a 139-run bonus-point victory in St Kitts on Wednesday night.

The Pakistan-born ace also became the fastest South African to reach 100 wickets in the ODI cricket and the fourth-quickest overall.

He says: “I feel really proud. I’ll take that any day. So thank you to Cricket SA and all the people back home for their support.

“Every wicket is special to me in the international arena. I’m quite pleased.”

Earlier, the Proteas batsmen had posted a mammoth 343/4.

Opener Hashim Amla hit his 23rd ODI century (110), Quinton de Kock (71) and Faf du Plessis (73) both got fifties and Chris Morris slammed 40 in his pinch-hitting role.

And Immy gave his teammates the credit for allowing him “to do what he wanted”.

He adds: “I had a big opportunity to bowl with the freedom that I wanted to because the boys put a good total up on a track like this.

“So credit goes to them for putting us in a position that the bowlers can do what they want to do and that is to attack. And things went well for us.”

Tahir opened up the game when he had Marlon Samuels caught behind for 24 to leave the hosts reeling on 128/5.

He missed out on a hattrick as he got skipper James Holder and Carlos Brathwaite with consecutive balls at the start of the 33rd over.

But he got Sulieman Benn with the final ball of the over.

And he eclipsed Kagiso Rabada’s on-debut 6/16 when he put the Windies out of their misery by sending last man Jerome Taylor back to the hut.

SA’s next game is against Australia in Barbados on Sunday (7pm).

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