South Africa’s leg-spinner, Imran Tahir surprised everyone as he became the first spinner to bowl the first over in the long World Cup history. He also justified his skipper Faf du Plessis' decision as he dismissed Jonny Bairstow on the second delivery for a duck.
With his two wickets in an opening match, the 40-year-old has joined all-rounder, Shaun Pollock as the second highest wicket-taker for South Africa in World Cups. Imran Tahir has picked up 31 wickets so far and is only seven behind the great Allan Donald who remains the most prolific Proteas bowler in the showpiece event with 38 wickets to his name.
This is the Pakistan-born leggie’s third and last World Cup appearance for the Proteas. Tahir will be hoping to break Donald’s record by the end of this campaign and contribute to South Africa’s cause of winning their maiden World Cup.