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December 3, 2007
The last South African to perform the feat was Western Province's Stephen Jeffries, who had figures of 10 for 59 against Free State in 1987-88.
Olivier, 25, was given a break after taking eight wickets in an uninterrupted 12-over spell, and was hoping that none of the other bowlers took the remaining wickets while he was waiting to be brought back by captain Zander de Bruyn.
"Zander knew I wanted to bowl to get the ten," Olivier said. "He is the captain and I respect his decisions. But he did say it was my day and I would bowl again after lunch. It was probably not a nice thing to do but I prayed that no one else would take a wicket." On his return, Olivier dismissed Boeta Dippenaar and then had Victor Mpitsang caught behind to reach the landmark as the Eagles were bowled out for 300.
Olivier's efforts were in vain, though, as the Eagles dismissed the Warriors for 215 in their second innings and knocked off the 24 runs required, to go to the top of the leader board in the SuperSport series.
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Plays of the Day from the first ODI between South Africa and India in Johannesburg