TL;DR news on Keshav Maharaj at August 28, 2023
It's tempting to let those startling numbers shimmer on the screen uncluttered by comment, but that wouldn't do Harmer and Maharaj justice. Maharaj had only good things to say about his fellow slow poisoner: "He's good to have in the changeroom, he's lots of fun, he's got good ideas, and he's matured a lot as a cricketer. Even if the IPL guys were available, Keshav and 'Harmy' would have bowled most of our overs. After Tea, Mehidy accounted for the dismissal of Mulder and Taskin trapped Keshav Maharaj. South Africa were 245 for six, having added only 12 runs to their overnight total, but Bavuma and Keshav Maharaj added 53 runs for the seventh wicket as Bavuma moved closer to his hundred. Mahmudul struck a four and a six off Harmer in one over, showcasing good footwork, while Liton cut a Maharaj delivery behind square for his first four against spin. Bavuma and Maharaj also were dismissed in the space of two balls. Maharaj fell off the next ball when he was bowled for 19 by Ebadot Hossain. Maharaj may have gone wicketless, but his 19 overs cost just 24 runs, indicating the crucial role he played in what was a dominant final session for the hosts.