Twitter Reactions: Imran Tahir’s six-fer shoulders South Africa to a series triumph
Zimbabwe folded for 78 in 24 overs.
Updated - Oct 3, 2018 11:18 pm
In yet another one-sided ODI, South Africa demolished Zimbabwe by 120 runs at Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein. Moreover, JP Duminy’s men also cantered to a series victory with one match remaining to be played in Paarl on Saturday. The visiting team pushed their rivals back with wickets at regular intervals but surrendered rather meekly during the run-chase.
Dale Steyn delivers ‘with the bat’
After losing the toss and put in to field first, the Zimbabwean fast bowlers including the likes of Tendai Chatara, Donald Tiripano, and Kyle Jarvis rocked the Proteas and reduced the Proteas to 49/4 in the 14th over. Aiden Markram tried to put up a fight but was nipped out by Tiripano for 35 runs. Christiaan Jonker flayed his willow to score 25 runs and eventually fell prey to Brandon Mavuta.
Khaya Zondo perished after scoring 21 and skipper JP Duminy couldn’t survive the heat either. South Africa found themselves at 92/6. Nevertheless, Andile Phehlukwayo and Dale Steyn churned out a stand of 75 runs to inject momentum into the innings. Albeit Phehlukwayo was nipped out by Chatara, but Steyn carried on to notch 60 runs from 85 balls and guided his team to 198 runs.
Zimbabwe capitulate alarmingly
The visitors were never in the run chase as wickets went down like nine pins. After Solomon Mire was dismissed by Steyn, Hamilton Masakadza and Craig Ervine put their heads down and played risk-free cricket in the next seven overs. Unfortunately, both succumbed to the speedsters after which spinner Imran Tahir wreaked havoc in their lineup with a stupendous five-wicket haul.
He picked up the first wicket in the form of Brendan Taylor. His second wicket came in the form of Sean Williams. He came into his own in the 19th over by racking up a hat-trick. The veteran pinned Peter Moor, Brandon Mavuta and Kyle Jarvis to accomplish the feat. Tahir went on to pick up the final wicket of Chatara and a six-fer, which helped them bowl their opponents out.
Here is how Twitter reacted
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) October 3, 2018
VICTORY! 🙌 🇿🇦
Imran Tahir picks up his SIXTH wicket of the match to help the @StandardBankZA Proteas clinch a 120-run victory against Zimbabwe.
South Africa take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) October 3, 2018
Tahir and Steyn
Difficult one for the Man Of The Match award.. If I was the one to choose,was gonna give it to Dale Steyn because he came in during difficult time and went all the way to score 60* and takes few wickets #SAvZIM #ProteaFire
— Nahayo🙏☀☀☀ (@NahayoMash) October 3, 2018
Lowest total v South Africa in ODI
43 by Sri Lanka at Paarl 2011/12
54 by West Indies at Cape Town 2003/04
78 by Bangladesh at Mirpur 2018/11
78 by Zimbabwe at Bloemfontein *TODAY* 2018/19
89 by Pakistan at Mohali 2006/07#SAvZIM#ProteaFire
— Cricket Statz UK 🏏 (@CricketStatz) October 3, 2018
— Lesego Semenya (@LesDaChef) October 3, 2018
South Africa win by 120 runs, 6/24 for Imran Tahir, brilliant all-round performance from returning Dale Steyn! #SAvZIM
— Agariyas (@MayankDPatel1) October 3, 2018
— Natee (@NateeM25) October 3, 2018
— JAY (@TheBouncerBall) October 3, 2018
I never saw the flamboyant Pakistani legspinner, Abdul Qadir.
He is universally rated as the greatest ever bowler of the googly. His golden days were before my time though.
His protege, Imran Tahir, is the greatest googly bowler I've ever seen.#SAvZIM
— Dumisani Ndumo (@DOOMMY10) October 3, 2018
— Don (@DonnyDunn) October 3, 2018
Imran Tahir is the fourth South African to take a men’s ODI hat-trick. The others were:
— There’s Been A Murtagh (@NakulMPande) October 3, 2018
— Snoni Mlenzana 👑 (@Snoni_M) October 3, 2018
South Africa are playing Zimbabwe on a pitch in Bloemfontein that is borderline dangerous. There was inconsistent bounce in the first innings & now Dale Steyn—bowling 140+ kph— is getting some balls to spit from a length & some to barely bounce. #SAvZim
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) October 3, 2018
We are taking Dale Steyn to the World Cup next year?
— Sibongile Mafu (@sboshmafu) October 3, 2018
Sarfraz Ahmed & Dale Steyn both have now same number of 50's in ODI's in last 12 months.#SAvZIM
— Sudhanshu #17 (@beingsudhanshu_) October 3, 2018
Dale Steyn getting this much appreciation for scaring a team like Zimbabwe that sums up where he is right now in cricketing world. What a downfall of a legend.
— Tαkśhαq (@TakshakSpeaks) October 3, 2018