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Tahir first spinner in WC history to open bowling

  • Published at 08:55 pm May 30th, 2019
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South Africa's Imran Tahir bowls during their World Cup match against England in London Thursday Reuters

Imran Tahir also justified his skipper Faf du Plessis’ decision as he struck off the second delivery to dismiss opener Jonny Bairstow for a duck, and what followed next was his trademark celebration of running across the field

The opening match of the World Cup 2019 between host England and South Africa surprised one and all when spinner Imran Tahir was given the new ball to bowl the first over of the tournament, reports the Times Of India.

That made him the first spinner in World Cup history to open proceedings.

In the 1992 World Cup, New Zealand off-spinner Dipak Patel had bowled the second over during a match against Australia.

Tahir also justified his skipper Faf du Plessis’ decision as he struck off the second delivery to dismiss opener Jonny Bairstow for a duck, and what followed next was his trademark celebration of running across the field.

MATCH 1

ENGLAND INNINGS            R    B

Roy c Du Plessis b Phehlukwayo    54    53

Bairstow c De Kock b Tahir        0    1

Root c Duminy b Rabada        51    59

Morgan c Markram b Tahir        57    60

Stokes c Amla b Ngidi            89    79

Buttler b Ngidi                18    16

Moeen c Du Plessis b Ngidi        3    9

Woakes c Du Plessis b Rabada    13    14

Plunkett not out            9    6

Archer not out                7    3

Extras (lb 2, w 8)            10 

Total (50 Overs)            311/8 

Fall Of Wickets

1-1 (Bairstow), 2-107 (Roy), 3-111 (Root), 4-217 (Morgan), 5-247 (Buttler), 6-260 (Moeen), 7-285 (Woakes), 8-300 (Stokes)

Bowling

Tahir 10-0-61-2, Ngidi 10-0-66-3, Rabada 10-0-66-2, Pretorius 7-0-42-0, Phehlukwayo 8-0-44-1, Duminy 2-0-14-0, Markram 3-0-16-0

SOUTH AFRICA INNINGS        R    B

De Kock c Root b Plunkett        68    74

Amla c Buttler b Plunkett        13    23

Markram c Root b Archer        11    12

Du Plessis c Moeen b Archer        5    7

Van der Dussen c Moeen b Archer    50    61

Duminy c Stokes b Ali            8    11

Pretorius run out (Stokes/Morgan)    1    1

Phehlukwayo c Stokes b Rashid    24    25

Rabada c Plunkett b Stokes        11    19

Ngidi not out                6    5

Tahir c Root b Stokes            0    1

Extras (b 4, lb 5, w 1)            10 

Total (39.5 Overs)            207 all out 

Fall Of Wickets

1-36 (Markram), 2-44 (Du Plessis), 3-129 (De Kock), 4-142 (Duminy), 5-144 (Pretorius), 6-167 (Van der Dussen), 7-180 (Phehlukwayo), 8-193 (Amla), 9-207 (Rabada), 10-207 (Tahir)

Bowling

Woakes 5-0-24-0, Archer 7-1-27-3, Rashid 8-0-35-1, Moeen 10-0-63-1, Plunkett 7-0-37-2, Stokes 2.5-0-12-2

England won by 104 runs

MoM: Ben Stokes