Tahir saves the day for South Africa


Sidelights – ICC World T20 | South Africa Vs Netherlands

The Netherlands who stunned England a few years back in the opening game of World T20 game at Lord’s nearly did the same against South Africa at Chittagong. If you look at the winning score of South Africa which is 6 runs with Netherlands getting all out with 8 balls to spare you probably would say that South Africa must have had some difficult questions to answer had there was no Imran Tahir in their side.

ICC World T20 | Group 1 | Match 21 | South Africa Vs Netherlands

 Imran Tahir celebrates Tom Cooper's wicket

Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong

Toss: Netherlands and elected to field first

Playing XIs:

South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers, Albie Morkel, Jean Paul Duminy, David Miller, Dale Steyn, Beuran Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Netherlands: Stephan Myburgh, Michael Swart, Wesley Barresi, Peter Borren, Tom Cooper, Ben Cooper, Mudassar Bukhari, Pieter Seelaar, Logan van Beek, Timm van der Gugten, MAA Jamil

Mini Score Card:

South Africa 145/9 (20) – Hashim Amla 43 (22) | MAA Jamil 5/19 (4)

Netherlands 139 – all out (18.4) Stephan Myburgh 51 (28) | Imran Tahir 4/21 (4)

Result: South Africa won by 6 runs

Points: South Africa 2 (4), Netherlands 0

Man of the match: Imran Tahir (South Africa)

Umpires: Steve Davis, Bruce Oxenford and Rod Tucker (3rd) (All Australia) | Aleem Dar (Reserve – Pakistan)

Match Referee: David Boon (Australia)

How they played the game

Powerplay: South Africa 58 runs, 2 wickets | Netherlands 63 runs, 1 wicket

First 50 runs: South Africa 34 balls | Netherlands 29 balls

50-100 runs: South Africa 38 balls | Netherlands 36 balls

Best Partnership

South Africa – 2nd Wicket 42 runs off 22 balls | Contributors: Hashim Amla 40 (19  and Faf du Plessis 1(3)

Netherlands – 1st Wicket 58 runs off 35 balls | Contributors: Stephan Myburgh 45 (23) and Michael Swart 8 (12)


South Africa: 13 (Hashim Amla 7, Faf du Plessis 3, AB de Villiers | Dale Steyn | Imran Tahir 1)

Netherlands: 14 (Stephan Myburgh 8, Tom Cooper 2, Michael Swart| Wesley Barresi | Peter Borren | Mudassar Bukhari 1)


Netherlands: 4 (Stephan Myburgh 2, Wesley Barresi and Peter Borren 1)

South Africa: 2 (Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis)

Important facts of the match

  • South Africa has never lost a game against any ICC Associate member till now.
  • Hashim Amla’s score of 43 in 22 balls is his fastest innings in T20Is
  • 45 deliveries in South African batting innings were boundary less.
  • South Africa lost their last 7 wickets for 51 runs.
  • Netherlands lost their last 9 wickets for just 59 runs.
  • MAA Jamil’s figures of 5/19 are the best figures by an Associate team bowler against a full member.
  • Imran Tahir’s figures of 4/21 are his personal best in T20Is

In the pic: Imran Tahir celebrates Tom Cooper’s wicket

Picture Courtesy: ESPN Cricinfo