After AB de Villiers’s unbelievable magnificient show, Imran Tahir delivered an excellent spell as South Africa pummelled West Indies by 257 runs at SCG.
(Read South Africa’s innings report here)
Chasing a massive target of 409, West Indies got off to worst possible start as Kyle Abbott got rid of swashbuckling opener Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels in quick succession. Dwayne Smith and Jonathan Carter tried to stabilize the innings before leggie Imran Tahir got the better off Smith. He scored 31 off 24 balls with 4 fours and a six. Tahir continued to hit the right lengths to leave Windies reeling at 63/7 in 18 overs. Jason Holder, who got hit for 75 runs in his last 3 overs by de Villiers, scored a fifty but it proved too late as West Indies got bundled out for just 151. This was the joint biggest victory margin in World Cup with the other one that came in 2007 World Cup, when India defeated Bermuda at the Port of Spain. Tahir was the pick of the bowlers for South Africa. He finished with the figures of 5-45. This was his first 5-wicket haul in ODIs.