Imran Tahir proves age is just a number with 4-wicket haul vs KKR

Imran Tahir on Sunday became the fourth bowler to pick up a four-wicket haul after the age of 40 in the game against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens.

The Chennai Super Kings leg-spinner picked up the wickets of Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa to stun the Knight Riders in front of their home crowd in Kolkata.

Tahir’s performance of 4 for 27 from 4 overs helped Chennai Super Kings restrict Kolkata Knight Riders to 161 for 8 after MS Dhoni won the toss and opted to bowl first. It was Tahir’s best bowling performance in the IPL and his second four-wicket haul in the competition.

Tahir now has 13 wickets in the season from 8 matches at an average of 13.30 and is the latest Purple Cap holder after Kagiso Rabada (13) and Yuzvendra Chahal (11).

Tahir, who turned 40 just 18 days back and is the oldest player in the league this season, is the fourth bowler after Shane Warne, Pravin Tambe and Brad Hogg to pick 4 wickets in an innings after turning 40.

Tahir now also holds the record for picking up the most wickets in the Indian Premier League after the age of 35 with 66 wickets. Muttiah Muralitharan (63), Shane Warne (57), Ashish Nehra (46) and Anil Kumblra (45) complete the top five.

On an Eden Gardens track where spinners had struggled so far, Tahir spun the match in favour of Chennai with his twin double blows in the 11th and 15th overs en route his career-best IPL figures that took him past Kagiso Rabada in the leading wicket-takers’ tally.

Tahir removed an ominous-looking Chris Lynn (82 off 51 balls; 7×4, 6×6) and in a space of five balls removed the dangerous Andre Russell (10) for the first time under a score of 40 this season to put brakes on their scoring.

Tahir’s bowling had such devastating effect that KKR managed just 29 runs from last five overs and went on to lose three more wickets and end up with a below-par total.

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