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Six of the best for Maharaj as New Zealand fold

Six of the best for Maharaj as New Zealand fold

Maharaj's figures are the second best by a spinner in all tests at the Basin, overtaking India's Bapu Nadkarni's six for 43 in 1968 and trailing only Dan Vettori's seven for 130 against Sri Lanka in 2006.

The defeat is New Zealand's 25th against South Africa in 44 tests, against just four wins, the last of which was at Eden Park in 2004.

Keshav Maharaj took career best figures of 6-40 as South Africa romped to an eight-wicket victory over New Zealand on the extended third day of the second test on Saturday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Left-arm spinner Paul Harris' 6/127 against Australia at Newlands in March 2009 marked the last time a South African dispenser of slow poison claimed a half-dozen scalps in a test innings.

After taking four wickets in the first session and reducing the Proteas to 94/6 just before lunch, New Zealand had high hopes of taking a significant first innings lead.

The innings folded when Morne Morkel was bowled for 40, equalling his best Test score and after a record South African 10th wicket partnership against New Zealand of 57 with Vern Philander.

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Some of the strokes were awful and a case could be made that none of New Zealand's six batsmen dismissed by Maharaj had to be really dug out.

Maharaj then turned the game firmly in South Africa's favour with two wickets in one over.

Kane Williamson, removed for two in New Zealand's first innings, became Morkel's second victim in the big right-armer's next over.

Maharaj struck again in his next over, tempting Jimmy Neesham into an ill-disciplined swipe across the line which was plucked out of mid-air by Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis at midwicket.

Apart from opener Jeet Raval, who played a gritting knock of 80, none of the New Zealand batters could stay long at the crease and provide stability to the innings. On 53 he was dropped by JP Duminy in the gully and on 67 he charged down the wicket to Duminy and missed the ball, but so too did de Kock when a stumping was on the cards.

Chasing a target of 81 runs, the visitors lost the wickets of openers Dean Elgar and Stephen Cook on their respective scores of 17 and 11 respectively.


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