GROS ISLET, St Lucia (AFP) – Keshav Maharaj accomplished simply the second hat-trick by a South African in Take a look at historical past because the Proteas accomplished a 158-run victory over the West Indies on the fourth day of the second Take a look at of the two-match sequence on the Daren Sammy Cricket Floor in St Lucia yesterday.
Within the penultimate over earlier than lunch the left-arm spinner eliminated Kieran Powell, Jason Holder and Joshua da Silva in successive deliveries to hitch quick bowler Geoff Griffen, who achieved the feat at Lord’s in 1960, within the file books.
Maharaj then adopted up with two of the final three to fall within the afternoon to complete with figures of 5 for 36 because the West Indies had been dismissed for 165.
Following a complete innings and 63-run victory inside three days within the first Take a look at every week earlier on the identical venue, the consequence gave South Africa the sequence 2-0, their first away sequence triumph since 2017 in New Zealand.
“That is enormous for us as a result of we have not received on the street for fairly a while,” stated South African captain Dean Elgar.
“There will likely be teething years as captain however this can be a good, vital step on the way in which ahead.”
The house facet started the day on 15 with out loss a victory goal of 324. It was unlikely however given that they had chased down 395 to beat Bangladesh in February, the West Indies weren’t with out hope.
At the very least not till the thirteenth over by which stage Shai Hope had joined skipper Kraigg Brathwaite again within the pavilion, each dismissed by tempo bowler Kagiso Rabada who then persuaded Kyle Mayers into an unsightly hoick which spliced to Dean Elgar.
Maharaj then stole the headlines along with his hat-trick to extinguish any fading West Indian hopes of an unlikely victory.
First, opening batsman Powell, who had seemed composed and warranted by most of his innings of 51, misplaced his head utterly, hoisting Maharaj to deep midwicket the place Anrich Nortje barely needed to transfer in taking the catch simply metres off the boundary rope.
Holder prodded at his first supply for Keegan Petersen to take the sharp catch at short-leg after which Wiaan Mulder pulled off an excellent snare low to his proper at leg-slip when wicketkeeper-batsman da Silva tried a leg-side look to the hat-trick ball.
“I simply determined to bowl usually and it was an excellent catch by Wiaan,” stated Maharaj.
“I actually did not know what to do after that as a result of the joy of the event overtook all of us.”
Till the Maharaj intervention, South Africa had relied on the excellence of Rabada who bowled fantastically to take away Brathwaite, caught at slip by Elgar, and Hope who fended at a spiteful supply angled into his physique, a faint spark off his left glove carrying by to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.
“My job is to bowl, however every time we want some lower-order runs I attempt to contribute,” stated Rabada who additionally chipped in with 61 runs on this Take a look at which contributed to him incomes the Participant of the Match award.
Rabada was probably the most profitable bowler within the sequence on both facet with 11 wickets.
West Indies held up for a while when play resumed after lunch however it was solely a matter of time earlier than Maharaj eliminated Kemar Roach and Jayden Seales to seal the win.
Roston Chase, hampered by a thigh pressure sustained within the area on the third afternoon, didn’t bat.
“As a batting unit we let ourselves down however I need to actually commend the hassle of the bowlers,” stated a dejected Brathwaite.
“We had been going nicely however did not keep on. That harm us. We all know the place we went improper, together with some technical stuff, so now we have to work on that earlier than the subsequent sequence.”
SCOREBOARDSouth Africa 1st Innings – 298West Indies 1st Innings – 149South Africa 2nd Innings – 174West Indies 2nd Innings -overnight 15-0K Brathwaite c Elgar b Rabada 6K Powell c Nortje b Maharaj 51S Hope c Markram b Rabada 6K Mayers c Elgar b Rabada 34J Blackwood c de Kock b Ngidi25J Holder c Petersen b Maharaj 0J da Silva c Mulder b Maharaj 0K Roach c Ngidi b Maharaj 27J Seales c Nortje b Maharaj 7S Gabriel not out 2R Chase absent hurtExtras (b-4, lb-3, nb-2, w-2) 11Total (58.3 overs, 9 wkts) 165Fall of wickets: 1-16(Brathwaite), 2-26 (Hope), 3-90(Mayers), 4-107 (Powell), 5-107(Holder), 6-107 (da Silva), 7-147(Blackwood), 8-158 (Roach),9-165 (Seales)Bowling: Okay Rabada 16-3-44-3(2nb), L Ngidi 10-2-29-1(1w), KMaharaj 17.3-7-36-5, A Nortje11-3-35-0 (1w), W Mulder 4-0-14-0Result: South Africa received by 158runsToss: West IndiesUmpires: Joel Wilson (WIS),Gregory Brathwaite (WIS)Match Referee: Richie Richardson(WIS)