South Africa made it their name by showing a strong game in the two-match series against the West Indies. The hosts needed 324 runs to win in the second match but in front of Keshav Maharaj’s brilliant hat-trick, the team could only manage 174 runs in the second innings. South Africa won by a huge margin of 158 runs to clean sweep the West Indies in the series.
Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj became only the second South African bowler to take a Test hat-trick as South Africa beat West Indies by 158 runs on Day 4 in the second Test at Gros Islet to win the two-Test series 2-0. Maharaj took five wickets for 36 runs, due to which the Caribbean team was bundled out for 165 runs in the second innings while chasing a target of 324 runs.
Kieran Powell scored the highest 51 runs for West Indies. Maharaj completed a hat-trick in the 37th over by taking the wickets of Powell, Jason Holder (0), and Joshua da Silva (0). Before Maharaj, the only pacer Geoff Griffin had taken a hat-trick for South Africa, who achieved the feat against England at Lord’s in 1960. Maharaj also became the first spinner to take a hat-trick against West Indies.
Maharaj then ended the Caribbean innings with the wickets of Kemar Roach (1) and Jaden Seals (0). Kagiso Rabada also took three wickets. Earlier, in response to South Africa’s 298 runs in the first innings, West Indies were bundled out for 149 runs. After this South Africa could only manage 174 runs in the second innings.