Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 15 October 2019

Cricket World Cup 2019: South Africa's Imran Tahir blows away hapless Afghanistan

Leg-spinner takes four wickets as minnows bowled out for 125 in nine-wicket win for Proteas

Veteran South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir has been among the wickets during the 2019 World Cup. Alex Davidson / Getty Images
Veteran South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir has been among the wickets during the 2019 World Cup. Alex Davidson / Getty Images

Imran Tahir took four wickets as South Africa crushed Afghanistan by nine wickets in their 2019 Cricket World Cup match at Cardiff on Saturday.

Leg-spinner Tahir took 4-29 in seven overs to break the back of Afghanistan's batting after South Africa won the toss and captain Faf du Plessis opted to field first.

The 40-year-old, who is now the joint fifth-highest wicket-taker in the tournament, accounted for the wickets of Noor Ali Zadran, Asghar Afghan, captain Gulbadin Naib and Rashid Khan as Afghanistan were bowled out for a paltry 125 in 34.1 overs. Seam-bowling all-rounders Chris Morris (3-13) and Andile Phehlukwayo (2-18) also chipped in with wickets.

In response, Quinton de Kock scored a quickfire 68 before being caught by Mohammed Nabi off Naib's seam bowling.

South Africa, second from bottom, have kept their World Cup hopes alive in the process, while Afghanistan remain rooted to the base of the 10-team table.

Updated: June 15, 2019 11:03 PM

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