Magnificent Maharaj revels in rare hat-trick for South Africa


FILE PHOTO: Cricket - Sri Lanka v South Africa - Second Test Match - Colombo, Sri Lanka - July 20, 2018 - South Africa's Keshav Maharaj waves at fans after taking eight wickets on the first day. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

(Reuters) - Keshav Maharaj was too excited to come up with a celebration after becoming the first South African to claim a test hat-trick in 61 years as his side completed a 2-0 series sweep against West Indies with a 158-run victory in Saint Lucia on Monday.

The left-arm spinner picked up five wickets in West Indies' second innings but it was his hat-trick that will live long in the memory, especially as it came when the hosts were beginning to believe they could reach their 324-run victory target.

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