Advertisement
Tuesday, Dec 07, 2021
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

WI vs SA, 2nd Test: Keshav Maharaj Hat-trick, South Africa Seals 2-0 Series Win Over West Indies

Maharaj is second South African to take a test hat trick. West Indies were all out for 165 well off the target of 324 set by South Africa.

WI vs SA, 2nd Test: Keshav Maharaj Hat-trick, South Africa Seals 2-0 Series Win Over West Indies
Keshav Maharaj is the second South African and first in more than 60 years to take a Test hat trick when he dismissed West Indies Kieran Powell, Jason Holder and Joshua Da Silva. | Courtesy: Twitter (@ICC)
WI vs SA, 2nd Test: Keshav Maharaj Hat-trick, South Africa Seals 2-0 Series Win Over West Indies
outlookindia.com
2021-06-22T11:15:43+05:30

Keshav Maharaj took a hat trick in his 5-36 to lead South Africa to a 158-run win over West Indies in the second test and a 2-0 series sweep. More Cricket News | Highlights

Maharaj became just the second South African and first in more than 60 years to take a test hat trick when he dismissed Kieran Powell, Jason Holder and Joshua Da Silva in the second-to-last over before lunch on the fourth day.

West Indies was already under pressure after fast bowler Kagiso Rabada's three wickets at the top of the order.

But Maharaj hurried the home team's demise in St. Lucia as it was all out for 165 before tea on the fourth day, well off the target of 324 set by South Africa.

Maharaj also wrapped it up when Jayden Seales was caught out on the square leg boundary to give the left-arm spinner his fifth. Roston Chase wasn't able to take his place at No. 4 because of a leg injury, meaning West Indies had only nine batsmen.

Maharaj's three in three balls started with a key breakthrough when Powell holed out at square leg for 51. Maharaj added the wickets of Holder and Da Silva, with Wiaan Mulder's low one-handed catch down to his right at leg slip sealing the hat trick. It sent Maharaj running and sliding, soccer-style, on his chest on the grass in celebration.

The only previous South African to take a hat trick in tests was Geoff Griffin against England at Lord's in 1960.

West Indies started the day 15-0 but lost captain Kraigg Brathwaite (6) and Shai Hope (2) quickly to the pace of Rabada.

Powell and Kyle Mayers (34), who was pushed up to No. 4 in place of Chase, resisted and their 64-run stand looked set to take West Indies to lunch without any further damage.

Mayers' error in trying to pull across the line against Rabada, and sending a catch looping up for Dean Elgar, let South Africa in.

From 90-2, West Indies slid to 109-6 in the seven overs leading up to lunch. West Indies didn't make 200 in any of its four innings of the series.

South Africa clinched its first series win away from home since March 2017 and gave Elgar a successful start in his first series since being appointed captain. (AP)

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Putin's India Visit: How The Modi-Putin Meet May Rekindle India-Russia Ties

Putin's India Visit: How The Modi-Putin Meet May Rekindle India-Russia Ties

The Modi-Putin meet was a concerted effort by India-Russia to tell the world that their strategic relationship is alive and kicking.

Nagaland Ambush: Not Just AFSPA, It’s Time To Do Away With Most Special Laws

Nagaland Ambush: Not Just AFSPA, It’s Time To Do Away With Most Special Laws

It may be time for India to uphold human dignity, take a hard look at some of its regressive laws like AFSPA which includes Special Laws that authorises detention without trial.

How To Regain Ashes? KP Has Few Tips For Root’s England

How To Regain Ashes? KP Has Few Tips For Root’s England

England’s Test record in Australia is abysmal – nine defeats in the last 10 matches. The Three Lions last won the Ashes in 2011.

How Nagaland Incident Flared And Why AFSPA Should Be Questioned?

How Nagaland Incident Flared And Why AFSPA Should Be Questioned?

The Nagaland incident has highlighted several flaws in the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). What went wrong? We explain.

Advertisement