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Tanvir targeting memorable last week at Hampshire
8:02am Monday 12th August 2013 in Sport
Sohail Tanvir is targeting a memorable last week with Hampshire – starting against Scotland tomorrow.
The Pakistani’s first spell with the county concludes at Friends Life t20 Finals Day following his call-up for his country’s forthcoming tour of Zimbabwe.
With two YB 40 games this week, against Scotland in Glasgow and at home to Surrey on Thursday, he can help the Royals to secure another semi-final as well as a third t20 title in four years. Tanvir produced his best performance of the season as Hampshire beat Essex by 30 runs yesterday.
His 4-29 included an opening four-over burst of 3-11 which, in tandem with Dimi Mascarenhas’s 8-0-22-0, put Hampshire in the ascendancy.
Tanvir said: “It was a must-win for us and credit to Woody, it was not easy on a slow pitch with the ball reversing but he gave us the platform to at least defend a total.
“We decided to attack with the new ball to get early wickets and put them on the back foot and three in three overs was a good start.
“The left-hander (Hamish Rutherford) got a good inswinger but after that it did nothing so I bowled cross-seam with extra bounce and angles and it was very nice to get Ravi Bopara early on.”
Tanvir’s performance came in his first match since holding his nerve in Wednesday night’s thrilling t20 quarter-final against Lancashire. “
I’ve played a few T20 matches but that was definitely one of the best and chasing 200 is never easy even on a flat pitch, so credit to Lancashire,” he said.
“My no-ball put us on the back foot to be honest, with 14 needed from six balls it was anybody’s game and with seven needed from three balls they had the edge, they only needed one boundary. But I held my nerve with three brilliant yorkers, my speciality.
“I’m contributing in every game playing all the formats and am bowling all right, especially in T20 and YB40.”
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