The Proteas won the first Test by an innings and 63 runs and took the first lead in the series. The visitors once again put themselves in a commanding position in the second Test match at Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia.
Batting first, the visitors managed to post 298 in the first innings. Quinton de Kock top-scored with 96 while captain Dean Elgar scored 77. De Kock and Elgar smashed as many as 8 fours apiece in their gusty innings.
Kemar Roach and Kyle Mayers took 3 wickets apiece while Gabriel settled for 2 wickets. Jayden Seales and Jason Holder took a wicket each. West Indies showed lack of intent in the first innings as they scored 149.
Herman Blackwood and Shai Hope scored 49 and 43 respectively. Wiaan Mulder was the pick of the bowlers for Proteas as he accounted for 3 dismissals. Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi took 2 wickets apiece.
Proteas who already did enough damage to the Caribbeans scored 174 in the second innings. Van der Dussen top-scored with an unbeaten 75 while Kagiso Rabada put on a good show with the bat by scoring 40.
Keshav Maharaj takes a hat-trick for South Africa
Proteas set up a target of 324 for the visitors. Meanwhile, Keshav Maharaj did the unthinkable for Proteas. The spinner became the second South Africa to claim a hat-trick in the longest format of the game.
His sensational hat-trick has put his team on the brink of clinching a series win against the Caribbeans. The left-arm orthodox spinner on Monday took the wickets of Kieran Powell, Jason Holder and Joshua Da Silva to register a hat-trick.
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Maharaj achieved the feat today in the second Test to join Geoff Grifin in the elite list. For the unversed, Geoff Grifin was the first South African bowler to take a Test hat-trick in the longest format of the game.
South Africa have already dismissed just more than half of West Indies’ batting line-up. West Indies have managed to score 124/6 in 47 overs. West Indies need 200 runs to win the match which is unlikely. Proteas need just 4 wickets to win the match.
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