Leg spinner Imran Tahir took 4-41 on debut as South Africa beat the West Indies by seven wickets.
New Delhi: Debutant leg spinner Imran Tahir turned in a stellar performance (4-41) during South Africa's seven wicket victory over the West Indies in their World Cup Group B match and what made his contribution stand out was that he delivered when the chips were down.
The West Indies were going great guns at 117/2 when Tahir struck to send back Devon Smith for 36 just when the Windies were looking to accelerate their innings.
He followed that up by trapping Ramnaresh Sarwan leg before wicket before returning during the slog overs to get rid of Shivnarine Chanderpaul who was looking solid with 31 to his name.
He rounded up a truly magnificent day by dismissing wicket-keeper Devon Smith as South Africa resticted the West Indies total to 222 when it looked at one time as if a score of 250 plus was definitely on the cards.
Proteas skipper Graeme Smith's move to preserve Tahir as his 'secret weapon' paid rich devidends as did his move to play Johan Botha and Robin Peterson as the team's second and third spinners at Delhi's Ferozshah Kotla ground which in the end proved to be the undoing of the West Indian batting line up.