swings it to the long leg boundary and is caught! Steyn has his 26th five-for and South Africa have victory! Fairly innocuous short ball on the hips, Nicholls got inside it and helped it away, but it's a top edge and it picks out the man in the deep, Rabada
5.15 pm And with that the curtain falls in Centurion with the South African team huddled around the series trophy with big smiles. Thank you for your company, we loved having you and enjoyed your comments. Hope you enjoyed the coverage. Check in on Nikhil Kalro's report. Look out for Firdose Moonda's analysis. Just don't look for Al Muthu. The idiot's vanished.
A word from SA's regular Test captain, AB de Villiers, who missed this series due to injury: "Clinical #ProteaFire performance! Well lead @faf1307 [Faf du Plessis] , then some stand out performances from @DaleSteyn62 and the entire bowling unit."
"[Toss] We were unsure what to do, possibly would have bowled. With our guys on that first innings pitch, would have been a handful. The 450 we got set us up, but our bowlers in the first innings would have been a handful," Faf du Plessis says. "DIfficult to say if it [batting] was key, but it set us up Cooky was solid, Quinny took it to them. It was important for us to put on a good total and everyone played their part. To get 480 was always going to be challenging. Really special hundred, to captain the side, to play a big part. Few extra emotions. Really happy to contribute again. Vernon and Dale make a huge difference, they are relentless, they don't give anything to hit. Hopefully they can play a lot of games for a lot of years. Majority of Test players, the senior guys have to perform against a big team like Australia. Big series, Australia in Australia is a bit challenge. But we are starting to find our rhythm and this Test is a good step forward"
The Man of the Match is Quinton de Kock for his twin fifties as makeshift opener and great glovework. "[Opening?] Injury happened quite quickly. Optional practice. I was ready to go off, go fishing. But walking up the stairs, Dean [Elgar] hurt his leg, and I put up my hand. Just wanted to do what was best for the team. [Second innings?] Wasn't meant to come out positively. Got a bit of luck, couple of edges got me doing. Didn't mean to play aggressive, instincts too over. I think, Dean can have his spot. I'm happy batting lower down. Dean's built for that, he's worked his way and he deserves to be there and I'm going to be where I've earned to be at 6, 7. Bowlers made life hard, I think BJ also had a hard time behind the stumps, balls wobbling, sore fingers, that's the nature of keeping. Hopefully they don't give me such a hard time next time"
"Finger is okay, just a little stiff," Williamson says, "[Toss?] If you said the team batted first would get 450, I would change it. But the pitch was soft at first, didn't expect it to break up. It was a tough one. If we were perhaps more fortunate, things could have ended up differently in the first innings. Credit to South Africa for their batting. The first innings was the major factor that decided the match, You can always have a funny half , hour an hour, the guys showed fight in the second innings with ball and bat [later on]. Lot of positives for us to take into the future tours. South Africa played outstandingly. To get to 450 and the class of their bowling attack certainly showed. Wags taking a five-for, and to do so creatively, and Henry the way he batting in the first and second innings was great. Showed a lot of character. We get home for a week, and then India for a couple of months. Raring to go"
4.55 pm Half an hour before the close of play on the fourth day of a Test that South Africa began as the seventh ranked team in the world, they go to No. 5. Steyn leads the men off the park, with the ball in hand. Greets the New Zealand players, hugs Williamson, and the camaraderie is not lost. Among fast bowlers only Botham, McGrath and Hadlee have more five-fors than Dale Steyn (26). He said he didn't feel at his best last evening. Wonder what he'd say now after figures of 5 for 33 in 16.2 overs.
South Africa had dominated the opposition on the field, off the field it's all fun and games. A 204-run victory, that's about as emphatic as it gets. Not a bad four days' work by the stand-in captain Faf du Plessis, who had been dropped in the last series. Now he's got a hundred and a series win under his belt.
Good, gritty knock from Henry Nicholls. Was tested by a high-class pace attack on a pitch that made sure to keep no batsman feeling confident. Had come out at 3 for 4, saw his captain get out and make the score 7 for 4. Hung around gamely, in spite of some scary short-pitched bowling and freakish seam and swing movement. Overall though, New Zealand would want to forget they were ever in Centurion for the last four days. The bowlers were luckless in the first innings, a few DRS issues followed them and their top order was shot out in the blink of an eye in the second innings. They have slipped down to No. 7 in the rankings.
Three slips, gully now moves to midwicket. Short leg in place as well
125kph, back of a length on off stump, from around the stumps, defended
Trent Boult is the last
flamingo man in. Steyn's back!
nails him! Full, straight, fierce and he celebrates by shrugging one shoulder, and chewing his gum. Looking like your usual teenager with tons of attitude. Wagner falls over while flicking, beaten by pace, and has to go back. South Africa one wicket away now
swings at a full one angled across at 145 kph, beaten.
looks for the yorker at 141 kph, ends up a low full toss which he inside edges onto pad. No feet. Worried by the short ball
good bouncer! At 140 kph, soaring over middle and leg and making Wagner hurry into his crouch
140kph, another short one outside off, punched through the off side. There was no one there, so short leg had to chase it down
banged in short and down leg at 146 kph, that's probably his fastest ball of the day. Goes by without threatening the batsman though. No surprise its Wagner. These two have history
Rip van Winkle: "Why isn't Alan Donald playing?"
back of a length on off stump, pushes it to long-off
slips down leg, apologises for his wayward line. Wagner tries to feather it to the fine leg boundary, couldn't reach
digs it in on middle and leg, Nicholls sinks below it
beaten by a beauty. Pitched full on off stump, seams away past the prodding bat
makes him play at a good length ball holding its line on off stump, outside edge goes to point
good length ball on off stump, defended
Leg gully and short leg have vanished with Philander bowling
good shot. Makes Rabada play for a bit of indiscipline. Short, wide, cut behind point with authority
big appeal for lbw, umpire Reiffel says no, Faf is thinking about it, but doesn't go for the review. Might have been slipping down leg. But Rabada bowls a beauty. Really full, looking for the yorker on leg stump, hits the ankle on the full, but impact was just a bit outside leg. Rabada was uncertain, so no review
137 kph, fuller delivery slides down leg. Wagner flicks and misses
South Africa need two wickets to win. And out walks the hometown anti-hero Neil Wagner. Three slips, leg gully and short leg
through him and off stump takes a clattering! Goes for the yorker, gets it under the bat and too quick for Southee to do much about it. Best ball for a tailender still.
that was off the middle. All hands, no feet, but plenty of timing. The front foot was wandering away from the ball as he sought to give himself more room than there already was
flies over first slip! Thick outside edge as Southee throws everything at a good length ball outside off. Everthing meaning a huge heave over long-on. Faf was never going to get that