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Maharaj claims South Africa’s best figures since readmission

July 21, 2018
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South Africa's Keshav Maharaj bows his head to touch the ground to celebrate after taking the ninth Sri Lankan wicket during the second day's play of their second test cricket match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, July 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Left-arm orthodox spinner Keshav Maharaj claimed the best test innings figures by a South African bowler since the country’s readmission to international cricket in the second match against Sri Lanka at Sinhalese Sports Club grounds on Saturday.

Maharaj finished with nine for 129 from 41.1 overs as Sri Lanka posted 338 runs in its first innings.

The 28-year-old, who claimed eight wickets on the first day’s play, dismissed Sri Lanka’s last man Rangana Herath on day two to establish the new record.

The previous best bowling analysis by a South African since the country’s return to test cricket in 1992 was Lance Klusener’s eight for 64 against India in Calcutta in 1996.

In South Africa’s complete cricket history, Maharaj’s figures are behind only Hugh Tayfield’s nine for 113 against England in Johannesburg more than 60 years ago.

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