South African spinner Imran Tahir is well known for his bowling skills and is better known for his celebrations after he takes a wicket. The trademark Tahir celebration involves the bowler taking off as soon as the appeal is sanctioned by the umpire. Tahir makes a dash, covering three-fourths of the ground, leaving very few moments for his teammates to catch up and celebrate with him.
A similar incident occurred on 23 June in a match against Pakistan, when Tahir dismissed Imam-ul-Haq with a spectacular caught and bowled. What happened next was the funniest moment of the match. Visuals from the match show Kagiso Rabada, who was standing a little wide off long on, sprinting towards Tahir as soon as the catch was taken. Tahir, on the other hand, took off in the complete opposite direction in his trademark celebratory style. Rabada chases Tahir until a certain point after which he gives up, throwing his hands up in despair. Ultimately, Tahir is joined just by two of his teammates in the celebration, that too at the last moment after Tahir has completed his lap.
Imran Tahir's run was as quick as his catch, lightning fast with a reaction for the catrch coming at 0.52 seconds.
The Pakistani fans forgot their team's lackluster performance against India after the Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side overcame South Africa by 49 runs in their clash at Lord's on 23 June. By the virtue of this win, Pakistan revived their World Cup campaign and at the same time, knocked the Proteas out of the competition.
Pakistan had won the toss and elected to bat first. After the dismissals of Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez and Babar Azam were involved in a small partnership. Then Babar and Haris Sohail were involved in an 81-run stand for the fourth wicket. Babar scored an 80-ball 69 while Haris top-scored for the Men In Green with a blistering 59-ball 89 which included nine boundaries and a maximum at a strike rate of 150.85.
Their superb knocks helped Pakistan get to a good total of 308/7 in their 50 overs.
In reply, South Africa's chase failed to gain momentum as they kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. Skipper Faf du Plessis top-scored for the Proteas with a 79-ball 63. He got support from Quinton de Kock (47) and an unbeaten 46 from Andile Phehlukwayo as South Africa finished at 259/9 in their 50 overs.
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