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As Imran Tahir (above) went on to claim his 50th T20I wicket, he became the second South African bowler to do so after speargun Dale Steyn © Getty Images

South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir was on a roll again on Friday, as he claimed his 50th wicket in Twenty20 International (T20I), during the one-off T20I against hosts New Zealand at the Eden Park Stadium in Auckland. Tahir claimed 5 for 24 as New Zealand slumped to a massive 78-run loss. As he went on to claim his 50th T20I wicket, he became the second South African bowler to do so after speargun Dale Steyn, who is currently out of international action owing to a shoulder injury. Tahir is now in the 13th spot of the most T20I wicket-takers, with the table being led by Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi. Full cricket scorecard: New Zealand vs South Africa, one-off T20I

New Zealand needed 186 runs to win, the hosts made a mockery of the chase against South Africa in the only Twenty20 International at Eden Park in Auckland. South Africa were powered by Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo and Imran Tahir, who baffled the Kiwis with their bowling. The troika shared all 10 wickets amongst themselves, which included a five-for for Tahir and a double-wicket maiden from Morris. Regular wickets saw the Kiwis being bundled out for 107, handing South Africa a 78-run victory. Soon, it became the Tahir show, who snatched wickets at will. Tahir’s first wicket was Tom Bruce.

Player Team M W Ave Econ SR
Shahid Afridi Pakistan 98 97 24.35 6.61 22.1
Umar Gul Pakistan 60 85 16.97 7.19 14.1
Saeed Ajmal Pakistan 64 85 17.83 6.36 16.8
Lasith Malinga Sri Lanka 63 78 20.28 7.25 16.7
Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh 57 67 20.98 6.76 18.6
Ajantha Mendis Sri Lanka 39 66 14.42 6.45 13.4
Stuart Broad England 56 65 22.93 7.62 18.0
Nuwan Kulasekara Sri Lanka 54 61 22.08 7.27 18.2
Dale Steyn South Africa 42 58 17.39 6.71 15.5
Nathan McCullum New Zealand 63 58 22.03 6.82 19.3
Mohammad Nabi Afghanistan 52 56 23.30 6.96 20.0
Imran Tahir South Africa 31 54 13.70 6.38 12.8
George Dockrell Ireland 43 52 15.78 6.28 15.0
Ravichandran Ashwin India 45 52 22.19 6.91 19.2
Sohail Tanvir Pakistan 54 52 26.23 7.12 22.0
Dwayne Bravo West Indies 66 52 28.26 8.46 20.0
Greame Swann England 39 51 16.84 6.36 15.8
Player M W Ave Econ SR
Dale Steyn 42 58 17.39 6.71 15.5
Imran Tahir 31 54 13.70 6.38 12.8
Morne Morkel 39 45 22.71 7.37 18.4
Wayne Parnell 39 41 24.68 8.23 17.9
Johan Botha 40 37 22.24 6.37 20.9

Tahir soon completed the formalities, picked up the final three-wickets of the New Zealand innings. Earlier in the day, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl that saw South Africa make 186 runs with the help of a 87 run stand between Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis. Amla brought-up his sixth T20I fifty as well.