Cape Town - Imran Tahir returned career-best figures
and shared all 10 wickets with fellow spinner Keshav Maharaj, as they spun the Dolphins to a 64-run victory over the Knights on day three of their
Sunfoil Series match at the Diamond Oval.
Despite earning a 49-run lead in the first
innings, the Dolphins left themselves vulnerable to a second straight defeat in
the competition when they were bowled out for 106, with Mbulelo Budaza taking a
personal best 4 for 31.
The Knights needed just 156 runs to win with
plenty of time to achieve it, but Tahir took 8 for 42 to bowl the hosts out for
92 inside 37 overs.
Tahir in fact took 11 wickets on the day,
striking three times at the start as the Knights were bowled out for 257 in
their first innings, having started the day on 220 for seven. Rudi Second moved
to 122 before he was dismissed by Tahir, who then quickly claimed the last two
wickets to finish with 4 for 91.
The momentum soon changed hands as the
Dolphins slumped to 62 for five, with Duanne Olivier (3 for 31) ripping out
three of the top five.
Vaughn van Jaarsveld’s 28 at more than a
run a ball would prove to be the top score for the Dolphins, as Werner Coetsee
grabbed two wickets in an over and Budaza grabbed the three remaining wickets
to leave first-innings centurion Daryn Smit stranded on 18 not out.
Although the seamers had done the main
damage for the Knights, on a wearing surface the Dolphins fancied their spin
bowlers and opened the bowling with Maharaj.
He bowled Second in his first over, and Dolphins
captain Imraan Khan soon pulled Mathew Pillans from the attack to let his spin
twins run riot.
Tahir did not have an immediate impact, but
once he got on a run there was no stopping him. Michael Erlank, Luthando
Mnyanda and Pite van Biljon fell in the space of four Tahir deliveries, and
three further scalps followed for the leg-spinner.
In the midst of it all, Reeza Hendricks
battled his way to 57 but once he was caught behind off Maharaj, the game was
Tahir grabbed the final two wickets to
record match figures of 12 for 133.