South African spinner Keshav Maharaj on Monday became the first from his country in 60 years to seal a hat-trick in Test cricket, handing the Proteas a 158-run win against the West Indies in the second Test at Gros Islet. South Africa wrapped up the series 2-0 with the victory.
Maharaj ripped through the top and middle order of the Caribbean side, picking up the wickets of Kieran Powell, Jason Holder and Joshua Da Silva to complete his hat-trick.
The first one to be dimissed was Powell in the 37th over as he tried to slog sweep him, only to be caught in deep midwicket by Anrich Nortje.
Holder fell prey to a full length ball, pitched on the middle and off. An inside-edge flew to Keegan Petersen standing at short leg.
The moment of the match came the very next ball when Wiaan Mulder took an incredible catch at the leg slip to send back Da Silva for a golden duck and complete Maharaj's historic feat.
Watch the hat-trick ball from Maharaj:
HAT-TRICK Keshav Maharaj! 💥— Cricket on BT Sport (@btsportcricket) June 21, 2021
He's only the second South African in history to take three in three in Test cricket.
Unbelievable scenes! #WIvSA pic.twitter.com/36zaMc2prF
Maharaj finished with figures of 5/36 in the second innings and helped South Africa bundle out the Windies for 165.
The left-arm orthodox bowler's achievement came six decades after former South African pacer Geoff Griffin returned his hat-trick against England (1960) at Lord's.