South Africa were crushed by England by an innings and 53 runs in the third Test but their humiliation was slightly delayed by a blistering batting charge from Keshav Maharaj. The left-arm spinner put up a stunning exhibition of blazing strokeplay which also included a record made in an over bowled by Joe Root.
While the England skipper proved to the chief destroyer of the Proteas batting lineup in the second innings, he was taken to the cleaners by Maharaj’s powerful hits. One specific over from Root proved to be too costly and ended up as the joint-most expensive over in the history of cricket.
Root leaked 28 runs in the over – 24 of them coming from the bat of Maharaj while four byes were also conceded. Maharaj’s belligerent striking has now landed him in the company of Brian Lara and George Bailey, both of whom possess the record for scoring the most number of runs in an over in Tests.