England defeated South Africa at Port Elizabeth by an innings and 53 runs to go 2-1 up in the 4-match Test series. Despite the seemingly one-sided margin, enough drama and action unfolded on the final day to end the contest on an exciting note. With South Africa reeling at 138-9, still 152 behind to avoid an innings defeat, tail-enders Keshav Maharaj and Dane Paterson defied English bowling attack with a valiant 99-run last-wicket stand.
RESULT | SA: 237— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 20, 2020
A dominant display with bat & ball sees England take the match by an innings & 53 runs over the Proteas.
The Three Lions lead the series 2⃣ - 1⃣
🇿🇦 will look to reflect & bounce back stronger going into the final test of the series.#ProteaFire #SAvENG pic.twitter.com/NtIKIydD2A
South Africa were 162-9 after 81 overs. England skipper Joe Root brought himself into the attack in an attempt to finish the match and clinch his maiden Test five-wicket haul. However, the home team's No.8 batsman and spinner Keshav Maharaj took him to the cleaners by accruing 28 runs from an over. Maharaj started the over with three boundaries off the first three deliveries. He then clobbered Joe Root for two back-to-back sixes, both over the midwicket region. With 24 already from five balls, the final delivery deceived everyone to go for 4 byes behind the keeper.
By accumulating 28 runs, Keshav Maharaj equalled the world record of scoring most runs off a single over in Test history. Previously, former West Indian batsman Brian Lara and Australia’s George Bailey had also accounted for 28 runs from a single over. While Brian Lara took apart Robin Peterson in Johannesburg in 2003-04, Bailey thwarted James Anderson in Perth during the 2013-14 Ashes.
Keshav Maharaj was eventually run-out by Sam Curran after scoring a blitzkrieg 71 from 106 balls. His innings included 10 fours and three sixes and he was ably supported by the No.11 batter Dane Paterson (40*).
South Africa will now face England in a series-deciding fourth Test match at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg from January 24 to January 28.