South Africa crush India as Jacques Kallis bows out

Graeme SmithSouth Africa's captain Graeme Smith celebrates after scoring the winning runs on the fifth and final day of their cricket test match against India at Kingsmead stadium, Durban, South Africa, Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. South Africa beat India by 10 wickets. (AP Photo)

Captain Graeme Smith scored the winning runs as South Africa knocked off a modest 58-run target to beat India by 10 wickets in the second Test at Kingsmead and win the two-match series 1-0.

The top-ranked nation achieved victory soon after tea on the last day to complete a highly satisfying result against their closest challengers in the world Test rankings.

"India are always a big challenge and it was always going to be important for us to do well against them," Smith said at the post match presentation

It was also fitting farewell for South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis who made a century in his final Test.

South Africa were 59 without loss in their second innings after India had been bowled out for 223 earlier in the day, failing to offer much resistance after being precariously placed at 68 for two overnight.

Only Ajinkya Rahane offered a bright spot for the Indians, coming within four runs of his maiden Test century.

He was the last Indian wicket to fall, just after lunch on Monday, swinging wildly on 96 with only the last tail-ender Mohammed Shami left in support.

South Africa took just 11.4 overs to knock off the required runs with Alviro Petersen 31 not out and Smith unbeaten on 27 after a six and a four from the last two balls of the game.

Spinner Robin Peterson emerged as the unlikely match hero, overshadowing his fast bowling colleagues with a four-wicket haul in India's second innings to add to brisk the 61 runs he scored on Sunday, batting at number nine in South Africa's first innings.


But nine wickets in the match for fast bowler Dale Steyn earned him the man of the match award and he became the second fastest player to reach 350 Test wickets.

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