South African spinner Keshav Maharaj on Monday bagged a hat-trick towards West Indies handy a powerful 158-run win to his group within the second Check in Saint Lucia. With this exceptional feat, Maharaj grew to become solely the second South African bowler, and the primary Proteas cricketer in additional than 60 years, to take a hat-trick in Check cricket.
Maharaj turned the sport in South Africa’s favour within the thirty seventh over as he eliminated Kieron Powell (51), who was caught by Anrich Nortje at deep midwicket. Former captain and all-rounder Jason Holder (0) was Maharaj’s subsequent sufferer who prodded to Keegan Petersen at ahead brief leg. The very subsequent ball, Joshua Da Silva (0) tickled down the leg facet solely to get caught by Wiaan Mulder and permit Maharaj to script historical past.
The one earlier South African to take a hat trick in exams was Geoff Griffin towards England at Lord’s in 1960.
Maharaj returned with the figures of 5 for 36 whereas Kagiso Rabada picked up three wickets to bowl out West Indies for 165 earlier than tea on the penultimate day of the ultimate Check, serving to the Proteas clinch the Check sequence 2-0.
Earlier on Sunday, a exceptional 70-run stand between Rassie van der Dussen and Rabada for the eighth wicket put South Africa within the driving seat. Van der Dussen returned unbeaten for 75 off 142 balls – his sixth Check fifty – after the batting unit collapsed. Rabada’s 40 off 48, his career-best, got here at a strike price of 83.33 that alleviated the stress from Van der Dussen and did nicely to see off the worst of the West Indian assault.
Collectively, they moved South Africa to a extra passable 174 all out, setting the hosts a frightening goal of 324 to win. In reply, Maharaj hurried the host’s demise in St. Lucia as they have been all out for 165 earlier than tea on the fourth day.
(With Company Inputs)