Proteas spinner Keshav Maharaj became only the second South African to take a Test hat trick when he achieved the feat against the West Indies in St Lucia on Monday.
The only other South African to take a Test hat trick was Geoff Griffin against England at Lord’s in 1960.
On Monday, with the Windies decently placed in their pursuit of 324 to win the Test and square the two-match series, up stepped Maharaj to turn the game on its head.
He first had Kieran Powell caught on the boundary by Anrich Nortje, then Jason Holder was caught at short leg by Keegan Petersen and finally, Joshua da Silva was caught at leg slip by Wiaan Mulder.
— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) June 21, 2021
The three wickets in three balls left the Windies in tatters at 109 for six wickets at lunch on the fourth day.
THIS IS HOW TWITTER REACTED TO THE HAT TRICK
Kieran Powell c Nortje b Maharaj 51 (116)
Jason Holder c Petersen b Maharaj 0 (1)
Joshua Da Silva c Mulder b Maharaj 0 (1)
HAT-TRICK to #Keshav_Maharaj ????????????
Only the 2nd South African in history to take three in three in Test cricket.
— Ishara Isuru ????⚽️???? (@Ishisuru1) June 21, 2021
#KeshavMaharaj takes a hat trick vs #WestIndies! Only second time its been done SA test history. Take a bow, sir! Fantastic catch by Mulder at leg slip to get Maharaj’s third wicket in a row. #WIvSA pic.twitter.com/NxY6oK3aSt
— Michael Markovitz (@mmarkovitz) June 21, 2021
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) June 21, 2021
A brilliant hat-trick from @Hollywoodbets Dolphins very own, Keshav Maharaj makes him the first South African since readmission to take a Test hat-trick ????????????
— Dolphins Cricket (@DolphinsCricket) June 21, 2021