Nick Gordon
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19 Feb 2016
7:55 pm

Tahir bags four to give Proteas a sniff

Nick Gordon

Tahir finished with figures of 4/21.

A very good bowling effort by the Proteas, with Imran Tahir leading the charge, resulted in England being restricted to 134/8 in the first T20 international at Newlands on Friday.
After losing the toss, England got off to a flier after being sent in with Alex Hales and Jason Roy making the most off loose deliveries early on before a smart piece of bowling by Kagiso Rabada got the breakthrough.
The 20-year-old struck in the fourth over with a cleverly disguised slower ball that resulted in Roy holing out to Hashim Amla at mid-wicket for 15 off 10 deliveries and England were 38/1.
Hales survived a dropped catch off the bowling of Chris Morris on 24 but he wasn’t as fortunate in the seventh over as Tahir claimed the first of his four victims. The right-hander was caught after top-edging a slog sweep.
England were reduced to 53/3 when David Wiese struck with his very first delivery of the match at the start of the eighth over.
Tahir struck again to remove Ben Stokes, stumped by AB de Villiers, to peg England back further at 68/4. Tahir found himself on a hattrick after dismissing England captain Eoin Morgan and Moeen Ali with consecutive deliveries in the 13th over to leave the tourists on 81/6.
Tahir finished with figures of 4/21.
Kyle Abbott managed to bag two wickets of his own, more through poor batting rather than brilliant bowling to be fair, as Chris Jordan and Adil Rashid got out to loose deliveries, picking out the fielders at mid-wicket and point respectively. Abbott ended with 2/31.