World Twenty20 21st Match: Tahir helps South Africa skirt past Netherlands

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Tahir finished with a career-best 4-19 off his four overs

South Africa spinner Imran Tahir ripped through Netherlands’ batting line-up with his career-best figures of 4-21 to hand the Proteas a tense six-run in Chittagong.

Even though Netherlands lost the match, pace bowler Ahsan Jamil and opener Stephan Myburgh both deserve a lot of credit for their valiant effort.

Netherlands captain Peter Borren would have been delighted with his decision to bowl first as South Africa opener Quinton de Kock was caught by Stephan Myburgh at square leg off the bowling of Michael Swart for a duck.

Hashim Amla smashed 43 runs off 22 balls, which included seven boundaries and a six, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Ahsan Jamil.

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis made 24 runs before he was caught by Logan van Beek at deep midwicket off the bowling of Tom Cooper.

AB de Villiers scored 21 runs before he was caught by Ben Cooper at deep cover off the bowling of van Beek.

Albie Morkel only made five runs before he was caught by Ben Cooper at deep midwicket off the bowling of Jamil.

Jean Paul (JP) Duminy failed to have an impact as he was caught behind off the bowling of Timm van der Gugten for 12 runs.

Dale Steyn fared no better as he was also caught behind, but only off the bowling of Jamil for five runs.

Beuran Hendricks made three runs before he was caught by Borren in the cover region off the bowling of Jamil.

David Miller managed to make 17 runs before he was clean bowled by Jamil.

South Africa eventually finished on 145/9 at the end of their 20 overs.

Jamil recorded his maiden five-wicket haul and his bowling figures of 5-19 are the best by an Associate bowler against a Test-playing nation in a Twenty20 International.

Jamil also became Netherlands’ highest wicket-taker in Twenty20 Internationals.

Swart, van der Gugten, Tom Cooper and van Beek all chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 146 to win, the Netherlands got off to a great start as their opening pair of Myburgh and Swart amassed a 58-run partnership before Swart was brilliantly caught by du Plessis at mid-off off the bowling of Steyn for eight runs.

Myburgh ended up making 51 off 28 balls, which included eight boundaries and two sixes, before he was clean bowled by Duminy.

Wesley Barresi only scored 14 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Imran Tahir.

Borren failed to save his team as he was also given out lbw off the bowling of Tahir.

Ben Cooper only made five runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Steyn.

Tom Cooper managed to make 16 runs before he was cleaned up by Tahir.

Pieter Seelar scored two runs before he was caught by Duminy at long-on off the bowling of Tahir.

Van Beek only made one run before he was run out by Miller.

Mudassar Bukhari mustered up 11 runs before he was caught by Miller at long-on off the bowling of Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Netherlands were bowled out for 139 when van der Gugten was caught behind off the bowling of Hendricks for eight runs.

Tahir took a career-best four wickets, while Steyn picked up two wickets and Tsotsobe, Hendricks and Duminy snapped up one wicket each.

Borren was extremely frustrated that his side collapsed after an exceptional start.

“We obviously let this one go,” he said. “We played across the line to Tahir. It’s a real shame. They got off to a flying start and we did well to pull them back.

“Malik is a fantastic bowler and credit to him. I have to take the responsibility too with my dismissal tonight. I’m miffed with the fact that we didn’t get over the line. After our last game I’m glad we stepped up better tonight.”

Despite winning the match, du Plessis was not impressed with his team’s performance, and said: “I think we are making it hard for ourselves. It’s a great sign when your side is not playing 100% and still gets over the line. Credit to Netherlands for some very good bowling. Tahir and Steyn were outstanding. Credit to young Hendricks for bowling well under pressure. Credit to Netherlands as they played very good cricket for 70% of the game.”

Tahir was named Man of the Match, and said: “Really pleased, good team effort. We believed that we could win this game but it wasn’t an easy one. I just tried to bowl wicket to wicket.”

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