SA Test Series Inspired By Keshav Maharaj’s Hat-trick.
The Proteas defeated the West Indies by 158 runs on the fourth day of the second Test of the two-match series at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia, with Keshav Maharaj completing only the second hat-trick by a South African in Test history.
Keshav Maharaj Hat-Trick Inspires South Africa To Test Series Sweep In West Indies pic.twitter.com/bUaA81n12M
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Removal Of Kieron Powell, Jason Holder And Joshua’s Da Silva
The left-arm spinner removed Kieron Powell, Jason Holder, and Joshua da Silva in consecutive deliveries in the penultimate over before lunch to match fast bowler Geoff Griffen in the record books, who did the feat at Lord’s in 1960.
Following a dominating innings and 63-run victory in the first Test at the same venue a week earlier, South Africa won the series2-0, their first series victory away from home since 2017 in New Zealand.
“This is huge for us because we haven’t won on the road for quite some time,” said South African captain Dean Elgar.
“There will be teething years as captain but this is a good, important step on the way forward.”
Implausible Winning Streak
The host team started the day with a 15-game winning streak and a 324-point goal. It was implausible, but the West Indies were not without hope after chasing down 395 to beat Bangladesh in February.
Attempts A Leg-side Glance To the Hat-trick ball.
Holder prodded at his first delivery for Keegan Petersen to take the sharp catch at short-leg and then Wiaan Mulder pulled off a superb snare low to his right at leg-slip when wicketkeeper-batsman da Silva attempted a leg-side glance to the hat-trick ball.
“I just decided to bowl normally and it was a brilliant catch by Wiaan,” said Maharaj.
“I really didn’t know what to do after that because the excitement of the occasion overtook all of us.”