Maharaj rips Bangladesh apart to take series 2-0

Keshav Maharaj took another seven-wicket haul - 7 for 40 in 12 overs - to become the only bowler in 145-year Test history to take seven-fors in fourth innings of consecutive Tests, as well as taking his 150th scalp in Test career.

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A chaotic end to a dream tour of South Africa for Bangladesh. The Test team could not live up to expectations set by the ODI side. Mominul Haque's side have been rattled to a 332-run defeat on day four of the second Test in Gqeberha. 
"It is painful for people watching this back home," said commentator Athar Ali Khan on air. Such was the state of the game on the fourth morning, as Bangladesh went nowhere from overnight score 27/3 in pursuit of 413.
Mushfiqur Rahim, Mominul, Yasir Ali all fell trying to hoick South African spinners. The result could not be much different than Durban, where they were shot out for 53 chasing 273.
Keshav Maharaj took another seven-wicket haul - 7 for 40 in 12 overs - to become the only bowler in 145-year Test history to take seven-fors in fourth innings of consecutive Tests, as well as taking his 150th scalp in Test career. His spin partner Simon Harmer bagged 3 for 34.
Bangladesh were all-out for 80 in 23.3 overs, losing their last seven wickets in less than an hour. Litton Das (27) and Mehidy Hasan Miraz (20) were only ones to make some score.
The day began with the news of Sarel Erwee and Wiaan Mulder testing positive for Covid-19 which meant South Africa had to name replacements - Khaya Zondo (debut) and Glenton Stuurman, but it barely mattered as Maharaj and Harmer did the damage alone. 
Bangladesh were set 413 to win after the Proteas declared their second innings at 176/6, not imposing a follow-on despite 236-run lead in the first innings. 
South Africa now find themselves in good position of securing top-two spot in the World Test Championship 2021-23, where they have 71.42 percentage points after three series, only behind Australia's 75. 
Bangladesh slip to 16.66 percentage points, only above England's 12.50. They will look to cash in points when they host Sri Lanka for two Tests next month.