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One of the finest Indian bowlers, Zaheer Khan, played a big role in spearheading Indian bowling attack for around decade and a half. Zaheer, who played 92 Tests and 200 ODIs, took 311 and 282 wickets in both the formats of the game.
Zaheer in a career spanning over 14 years, produced a number of great performances for India. The third ODI of the five-match series against South Africa in 2006 witnessed one of his finest displays with the ball. Zaheer bowled an outstanding first spell – his figures read 7-4-9-3.
As always he started the proceedings with the new ball and boy that was an astonishing over from the left-handed pacer.
Zaheer started the over beautifully. On the very first delivery, there was a huge appeal for LBW against South African skipper Graeme Smith. He bowled a full and swinging delivery into Smith, which pitched outside off stump and raps Smith going forward. The next ball was even better. A little bit fuller this time, the ball swung in and beat Smith’s forward drive. The ball sneaked through bat and pad and dislodged the off stump.
Jaques Kallis was the next batsman. Facing the third ball of the over, Kallis shoulder armed the ball. The next delivery saw Zaheer taking his second wicket of the over. A delivery which was full, fast and moving away from Kallis, he had a big go at the ball but could only nick it through to Tendulkar at first slip.
The next two balls were somehow played by Herschelle Gibbs and the over ended as a maiden one with two wickets.
Enjoy the deadly over:
Coming to the match; after losing some early wickets South Africa posted a competitive total of 274 with the help of Justin Kemp’s brilliant century, Indian batsmen once again failed to deliver with the bat and the whole team was dismissed for only 168. Rahul Dravid(61) and MS Dhoni(55) were the only major contributors.