Unlike Wanderers in Johannesburg on December 22 where they choked eight runs away from a pulsating win, South Africa were not to be denied in Durban. The world's No. 1 Test team ran out comprehensive winners, thrashing India by 10 wickets at Kingsmead on Monday. In a match where 54 overs were lost to the elements, South Africa's bowlers scripted a well-deserved win after the talismanic Jacques Kallis scored a century in his farewell Test match to give the home team a decisive first innings lead.
India's batting line-up failed to live up to its reputation for the second time in Durban as the visitors were all out for 223 in their second innings leaving South Africa with only 58 runs to get. Skipper Graeme Smith (27) and Alviro Petersen (31) got the required runs without much fuss as South Africa won the two-match series 1-0. Having lost their last four Tests at Kingsmead, this was South Africa's first Test win in Durban since 2008. (Right time to retire: Kallis)