SA OFF THE MARK AS TAHIR AND AB STAR
On Thursday many South African waited for the clash against the West Indies. And we started with three spinners including Tahir. Credit to Smith as he got Gayle caught behind after the bold decision to open the bowling with Johan Botha.It paid off. But then the younger Lara looking and playing Darren Bravo got stuck in to South Africa. The seamers were having no success. Enter Imran Tahir and the Pakistani born South African bowled superbly. Its fantastic to finally have a leg spinner and an attack bowler that you sense can create magic. Weve never had that before. Weve had spiiners that were predictable.Tahir on the other hand is a surprise package. And its always difficult to read a Leg Spinner. Him and Botha spun the Windies in a web.Peterson on the other hand was expensive. So restricting the Windies to under 250 was an amazing effort. Hash and Kallis though went cheap and even though Hash was caught behind off a no ball, SA were in trouble. But Smith was superb and together with the fantastic AB secured the victory. I remember Hash telling me once that AB was an unbelievably talented sportsman. So SA get the campaign off to a great start and its the DUTCH next week Thursday. They gave the English a scare but it should be a breeze for the boys. The Pakis also opened their account with a convincing win over India.