Keshav Maharaj became only the second South African to score a Test hat-trick when he shot through the West Indies middle order by five wickets to help his team secure a convincing 158-run victory in the second Test on Monday in Saint Lucia. achieved.
South Africa, who claimed the series 2-0 after winning the opening match by an innings and 63 runs, bowled out the host for 165 in the pursuit of a 324 victory target on the fourth day on the Daren Sammy cricket field.
“It’s great for us because we haven’t won on the road for some time,” said South African captain Dean Elgar.
“There will be teens years as captain, but it’s a good, important step on the road ahead.”
The home side were at 107 for three in the match when Maharaj (5-36)’s left-hander claimed the scalp of Kieran Powell (51), who tried to send him to the boundary of the midfield but the one-time field worker Anrich Nortje selected. .
Highlights – as it happened
The first world-class Test all-rounder, Jason Holder, is caught by Keegan Petersen’s first ball, and Wiaan Mulder took an excellent dive catch from Joshua Da Silva to complete the hat-trick and spark the wild South African celebrations. .
It was only the second Test hat-trick in the country’s history, after seam bowler Geoff Griffin managed the performance against England in 1960 at Lord’s.
“I just decided to bowl normally, and it was a brilliant catch by Wiaan,” Maharaj said.
“I really did not know what to do after that, because the excitement of us overwhelmed us all.”
“My job is to bowl, but when we need a lower-order run, I try to make a contribution,” Rabada said. He also scored 61 runs in this Test, which helped him earn the Player of the Match award.
Rabada was the most successful bowler in the series on both sides with 11 wickets.
West Indies started the day at 15 without a loss, but lost captain Kraigg Brathwaite (6) early when he assaulted Kagiso Rabada (3-44) with his first captain, Dean Elgar, with the first slip.
Rabada was in charge of Shai Hope (2) and had Kyle Mayers (34) shot, but later picked up the wicket of the attacking left-hander while Elgar caught a skier.
“As a batting unit we have let ourselves down, but I really have to praise the effort of the bowlers,” said a discouraged Brathwaite.
“We went well, but did not go on. It hurt us. We know where we went wrong, including some technical stuff, so we have to work on that before the next series.”
The teams play a five-game Twenty20 International series starting Saturday.
(With input from AFP)