The second half of the NZ summer just turned more one-sided. They have the Tests to salvage their reputation. This was yet another contest, which, really wasn't much of a contest. The early wickets and the pressure just never happened for NZ so SA just cruised through. The return of Bracewell and Ross Taylor should lift their spirits in the Tests.

Here's the presentation. We need to wait till the initial speeches get out of the way.

de Lange is the Man of the Match: "Enjoying NZ conditions. Awesome having the big guys around. Might be a bit more pace in the Tests. Storing it in the tank."

McCullum: "SA was too good for us. We're going to learn from the experiences we've had against you guys. Thanks for the hard fought series. Us as a group will definitely go forward from these performances."

de Villiers: "We all know you (NZ) are a good team, and you will bounce back."

That's it from here. No Man of the Series, though I presume that's handed out at the end of the tour.

The first Test starts March 7. Thanks for your company today. Pity it wasn't a competitive game. Cheers!

Nicol to de Villiers, SIX runs, de Villiers finishes it off the best possible manner, tossed up on the off stump, on his knee and clubbed cleanly over long-on, seals the series 3-0
Nicol to de Villiers, 2 runs, drifts on the pads and its' gently eased down to fine leg

43 | 4 Runs | SA: 200/5 (7 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 4.65, RRR: 1.00)

  • J Botha5 (10b)
  • AB de Villiers1 (3b)
  • AJ McKay8-0-40-0
  • RJ Nicol3-0-6-2
McKay to Botha, no run, goes back at the crease and chops it to the off side
McKay to Botha, FOUR runs, that will ease the pressure a little, fuller delivery and in the slot to drive through the line, beats mid-off comfortably
McKay to Botha, no run, gets across his stumps and defends, tucked for room again
McKay to Botha, no run, fullish in length outside the off stump and driven, good stop at short cover, NZ are showing more commitment now
McKay to Botha, no run, fires it in on middle stump and the ball straightens, Botha manages to defend inside out
McKay to Botha, no run, McKay nearly induces an edge! Comes round the wicket and has the batsman fishing at it, beaten for pace there

42 | 1 Run 1 Wkt | SA: 196/5 (11 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 4.66, RRR: 1.37)

  • AB de Villiers1 (3b)
  • J Botha1 (4b)
  • RJ Nicol3-0-6-2
  • AJ McKay7-0-36-0
Nicol to de Villiers, no run, gets well forward and blocks it out
Nicol to Botha, 1 run, Botha pulls and it's in the air but wide of square leg, the keeper got a bit excited and the fielder in the deep did well to cut it off
Nicol to Botha, no run, bit of turn, he gets forward and defends
Nicol to Botha, no run, gets well forward and knocks it to the on side
Nicol to Botha, no run,
Nicol to Duminy, OUT, a bit late in the day for New Zealand, Duminy chips down the track but is beaten in flight, he nearly ended up yorking himself and it went through and hit the stumps

This television coverage I'm watching is simply atrocious

South Africa 2nd innings Partnerships

1st80HM AmlaWD Parnell
2nd58JA MorkelHM Amla
3rd17JA MorkelF du Plessis
4th33JP DuminyF du Plessis
5th7JP DuminyAB de Villiers
6th13J BothaAB de Villiers
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