Player of the Match
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Best performances - Batsmen

JH Kallis
115(316) 13x4 - 0x6
Control %96%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 47 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
5 18 10 9 33 14 6 17
M Vijay
97(226) 18x4 - 0x6
Control %91%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 35 runs
  • 7x4 - 0x6
0 1 7 13 31 14 13 18

Best performances - Bowlers

DW Steyn
RA Jadeja

Scorer: M Venkat Raghav | Commentator: Siddarth Ravindran

Presentation ceremony coming up: Haroon Lorgat among the presentation party.

MS Dhoni: "The first session was crucial, we didn't start well, a couple of bad decisions, tough decisions, a couple of bad shots. Overall, only a few of the top order had played more than five Tests outside the subcontinent, great experience for them to play the toughest side. I'm very happy with the performance, especially of the bowlers, without the luxury of an allrounder, they bowled to the plan that they had. They must have learnt a lot out of these two games, also that Test cricket is about all five days, you may play one bad session and that will have an imapct on the game itself.

Jacques Kallis has been a fantastic cricketer, doesn't talk much. Not just the runs he scored or the wickets he took, even the catches he took. He gave South Africa the luxury of playing an extra batsman. Youngsters will look up to him."

Graeme Smith: "An incredible win, considering the weather and that they were 180 for 1 on the first day. India always difficult, one of the teams we haven't beaten in a while. At Wanderers we were behind the game for 90% of the time... to see Dale bowling like that this morning, Robbie P four wickets today.

"Kallis .... he'll play a lot of golf now I know. We have enjoyed time in many, many dressing rooms. He's an outstanding human being, it's been a privilege to get to know him as a perso.

"The wicket didn't make it easy for us in Durban. It was almost as if we were playing in India, we fronted up superbly well."

Man of the Match is Dale Steyn: "I'm pretty stoked. Jacques sat us down on the second day and said he didn't want this game to end in a draw. Pretty proud of that (350 wickets), but it won't happen if I wasn't part of this incredible team I'm part of. Got to thank the team and everybody else. I'll remember the wicket of Pujara for a while, he's a good batsman as well."

Man of the Series is AB de Villiers: "I've been working hard on my keeping, getting tips from Bouchie on the side, mainly abusing me (laughs). I really enjoyed the keeping, and the Test win. I enjoyed all the criticism Steyn was getting in Jo'burg as I knew something was brewing in his system, a man for the big occasion.

"I consider myself very lucky to have played in Kallis' last Test, very special to walk around the ground and think of all those memories. He's been a rock to this team."

Time for Jacques Kallis to step up: "Tough call (to retire from Tests). It's been incredible, the way people have come out to support me, the way CSA and my team-mates have made it a special game. I still had the same butterflies ahead of this game, thanks to MS and the team for the guard of honour, I was glad I didn't face the next ball then.

"I've been fortunate to have had great coaches throughout the career, my friends and family have put up with me being away, will be nice to catch up with them. So many people to thank. Two of the most important people, who aren't there, so 'Mum, Dad I hope I've made you proud'."

Kallis signs off with emotional words to his parents, what a fantastic career he has had.

Great post from our reader, Etienne: "During the 18 Kallis years, I have: lived in 5 countries, worked in 2 more, bought 3 properties, sold 2, had 11 jobs in 5 different industries, failed at 5 relationships and published 3 short stories!"

South Africa revel in their victory, Jacques Kallis posing with the Test mace, the series trophy is in front of him, the rest of the team has T-shirts with a Kallis picture on it.

With that I'll sign off. Thanks for being with us through this short series, more evenly contested than we had initially thought, but the stronger side prevailed in the end. On behalf on Alagappan Muthu and the rest of ESPNcricinfo's staff, this is Siddarth Ravindran signing out. Happy new year, people!

3.25 pm The crowd is on their feet and hooting and Graeme Smith salutes them as he leads the men off the field. Do refresh the page and tune in to Match Point, where Sanjay Manjrekar and Daryll Cullinan are waiting to discuss the events of the final stretch of play and a lot more. India had a brief period - well it seems brief now, it was actually the whole first day - that they dominated, but after that South Africa took control of this game slowly but steadily and have given possibly their greatest cricketer the perfect send off. Dale Steyn stormed back into form as he reached 350 Test wickets and his performance this morning was absolute key to this match ending as soon as it has. India have acquitted themselves rather well on this tour but today would have been their biggest test, but they were undone by a brilliant burst from South Africa's fast bowlers. South Africa end the year as the No. 1 Test team in the world, India have found a couple of promising new batsmen to take them forward in the years to come and Jacques Kallis could not have wished for a better farewell. A 45th Test hundred, getting to third on the all-time run-getters list and a memorable victory to boot. Do stay with us for the presentation

Zuch: "Success comes in steps. Indian team has done enough to raise our hopes and expectations from them (remember what was said about them before the series?). In coming series they would prove their ability. SA shows why they are the boss of test cricket. And a big salute to King Kallis."

Marius: "@commentators: don't forget kallis 200+ catches, with all the other accolades ... ..."

Jacques: ""undone by a brilliant burst from South Africa's fast bowlers". Robbie P took 4 you know and made 60 with the bat. ;-) just want to make sure people notice that Rob is the obvious choice head of Tires."

Ayan: "At the end of First Test Smith said that Styen and Philander chose to draw the first test and said will win the second one for them. They sure did it very well Styen 9-wicket haul with 44 runs with bat and Philander with three wickets"

Kallis leads the team out to the presentation ceremony. Great scenes in Durban as Kallis is being chaired round the ground by Graeme Smith and Morne Morkel.

And here's what Smith tweeted a few minutes ago.

And this is Steyn's tweet.

Ali Malik: "Its so sad to see Kallis depart, but he is a true legend. Both with Bat and Ball and Fielding He has done SA great favors by winning matches and his record speaks for itself. True Ultimate Cricketer. Batsman : No 1 Bowler : In top 10 Slip Catcher: No 1 Fielder : Great Al round: Must be in any side"

RG Sharma to Smith, FOUR runs, that's it! South Africa have the victory and he raises his bat and punches the air. Short, made room to make sure he has enough room to cut this between point and cover to seal a 10-wicket victory and the series as well. The players shake hands on the pitch and 'Farewell King Kallis' signs fly all around the ground
RG Sharma to Smith, SIX runs, moves to leg and slaps it straight over the bowler's head for a six, giant stride forward from Smith and a full flow of the bat ensures this ball is outta here
RG Sharma to Smith, no run, tossed up on middle as he stretches forward and defends
RG Sharma to Smith, no run, short ball wide of off but Smith gets this off the bottom of the bat as he cuts it straight to point

Rohit Sharma now

11 | 4 Runs | SA: 49/0

  • AN Petersen31 (37b)
  • GC Smith17 (29b)
  • RA Jadeja4-0-16-0
  • I Sharma5-1-29-0
Jadeja to Petersen, no run, comes forward and blocks it away safely
Jadeja to Petersen, no run, length ball on the stumps, defended away

Amla answers

I could have used my bat, or tried to.

Hashim Amla answers a question on how he could have avoided getting dismissed