Imran Tahir, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, South Africa, England, England vs South Africa
Tahir (40 years and 64 days) also became the oldest South African to play in a World Cup match. The previous record was held by his compatriot Omar Henry (40 years and 39 days). @Twitter/ICC

South Africa‘s Imran Tahir on Thursday became the first spinner to bowl the first over in a World Cup match during the tournament-opener against hosts England at The Oval in London on Thursday.

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis handed the ball to Tahir after winning the toss and the leg-spinner didn’t disappoint as he dismissed England opener Jonny Bairstow (0) in the second ball.

Tahir deceived Bairstow with a googly as the opener ended up giving a catch to wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock without bothering the scorer.

In the 1992 World Cup, New Zealand off-spinner Dipak Patel had bowled the second over during a match against Australia. (Cricket World Cup 2019, ENG vs SA: FOLLOW LIVE UPDATES)

Tahir (40 years and 64 days) also became the oldest South African to play in a World Cup match. The previous record was held by his compatriot Omar Henry (40 years and 39 days). Henry was picked to play against Sri Lanka in Wellington during the 1992 World Cup.

England, meanwhile, scored 311/8 after being put in to bat by South Africa in the World Cup opener. While Ben Stokes top scored with 89, the trio of Jason Roy, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan chipped in with fifties.  (ALSO READ: Cricket World Cup 2019: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, opens tournament at The Oval)

After losing Bairstow early, Joe Root and Jason Roy did not allow South Africa any immediate success as England moved past fifty-run mark in the ninth over, a little slow by their recent brisk standards but a much needed one following the early fall of Bairstow. The duo also completed the fifty-run partnership for the second wicket in the same over.

(With inputs from PTI)