Player of the Match
Player of the Match

South Africa have won comfortably. The one point where it seemed the teams were evenly matched was in the South African reply in the first innings, after six wickets were down for not too many. But the efforts of AB de Villiers and the tail, and a dominating bowling performance in the second innings set up South Africa for this victory. Smith and Amla, in a small chase, ensured there weren't any hiccups. New Zealand have a lot to ponder over, their batting in particular. Their tail is long, and contributions have been missing at the top of the order.

Matt says this: "My XI next match Guptill, McCullum, Flynn, Taylor, Brownlie, Williamson, Vettori, Van Wyk (Watling has already been ruled out), Bracewell, Gillespie, Martin. Arnels overs can be filled by Brownlie, Guptill, and Williamsons part timers, and first priority should be batting depth."

Others would have their own views. But credit to the South African seamers, they bowled brilliantly. Yes, they did have assistance - the ball swung and moved about, but the balance between bat and ball was by no means lop-sided, certainly not to merit scores of 185 and 168. Time for the presentation.

Taylor: They outplayed us, Philander and Steyn put pressure on our batsmen. It was a pretty flat wicket as well, they bowled in the right areas. We were okay with the ball, they were 6 for 90-odd. We need to pick ourselves from this. Similar bounce to Dunedin but we didn't bowl in the right areas long enough to put them under pressure, and we didn't bat long enough. Kane applied himself well, he's still a young player.

Smith: We had to work for this win, our bowlers did a terrific job. It was a big squeeky in our change room at 88 for 6, that period after tea on day 2 was crucial and it set the tone. AB's innings was a crucial knock, marshalled the innings very well. We try to make sure Kallis' spells are crucial and planned, and he got Vettori with that short one. The track was a little two-paced maybe, but on these surfaces you need to graft.

Philander is the Man of the Match: "It's coming out well, nothing to complaining about. There was a bit of nip and as the ball got older I got a bit of reverse. We are also catching well at the moment, hopefully we'll do it in Wellington as well.

Many thanks for tuning in, folks. Thanks for your feedback. Have a nice weekend, see you during the next Test. Andrew Fernando's report for this match will be updated shortly.

19.5
4
Nicol to Smith, FOUR runs, pitched up and there it is, driven hard past mid-off to seal a comprehensive victory, South Africa are 1-0 up
19.4
0
Nicol to Smith, no run, cracked that off the back foot towards cover
19.3
0
Nicol to Smith, no run, flat outside off, Smith leaves it be after contemplating a mighty swing
19.2
0
Nicol to Smith, no run, fullish, gets a stride out and defends in the off side
19.1
0
Nicol to Smith, no run, low full toss, driven straight to midwicket

What a comfortable chase, these two have made it look so easy. Just 2 more to win now. Rob Nicol to bowl

END OF OVER:
19 | 17 Runs | SA: 99/1

  • Hashim Amla46 (56b)
  • Graeme Smith51 (55b)
  • Kane Williamson2-0-23-0
  • Mark Gillespie4-0-24-0
18.6
4
Williamson to Amla, FOUR runs, short outside off, bowled really flat, that turned in and he chopped it down past slip and behind point for a boundary
18.5
2
Williamson to Amla, 2 runs, misfield, flighted outside off, drives it through extra cover's legs for a couple of runs
18.4
1
Williamson to Smith, 1 run, short outside off, slaps that to deep cover for a single
18.3
4
Williamson to Smith, FOUR runs, easy runs, sliding down leg and he helps it on its way to the fine-leg boundary, raises his half-century
18.2
0
Williamson to Smith, no run, shortish on the off, punched back to the bowler
18.1
6
Williamson to Smith, SIX runs, Massive, struck off the meat, came down the track, took it from a length and launched it over the long-on boundary

END OF OVER:
18 | 2 Runs | SA: 82/1

  • Graeme Smith40 (51b)
  • Hashim Amla40 (54b)
  • Mark Gillespie4-0-24-0
  • Kane Williamson1-0-6-0
17.6
1
Gillespie to Smith, 1 run, gets the shot right this time, whipped through midwicket for a single
17.5
0
Gillespie to Smith, no run, fires it in towards middle, struck him on the thigh as he moved back to work it into the leg side, struck him high
17.4
0
Gillespie to Smith, no run, dropped that short, he rocked back and turned it towards square leg
17.3
0
Gillespie to Smith, no run, superbly fielded by Bracewell at mid-off, was driven hard back past the bowler and Bracewell threw himself to his left to save a boundary for his team
17.2
1
Gillespie to Amla, 1 run, Amla pushes that firmly wide of mid-off to steal a quick single, sweet timing once again
17.1
0
Gillespie to Amla, no run, angling in towards middle, bowled at 139kph, driven hard but straight to midwicket

END OF OVER:
17 | 6 Runs | SA: 80/1

  • Graeme Smith39 (47b)
  • Hashim Amla39 (52b)
  • Kane Williamson1-0-6-0
  • Mark Gillespie3-0-22-0
16.6
4
Williamson to Smith, FOUR runs, tossed up on middle, lands in the slot for Smith, who drills it down the pitch for a dead straight boundary
16.5
0
Williamson to Smith, no run, flighted on the off, gets forward and defends that into the leg side
16.4
1
Williamson to Amla, 1 run, drives that one down the ground to long-on for a single