Dale Steyn and the Proteas pace attack demolished New Zealand in a 204-run Test victory at Centurion yesterday.
The emphatic win saw South Africa claim their first five-day series success since beating the West Indies at the beginning of 2015.
If anybody needed confirmation that South Africa’s pace spearhead was back in business, they got it today by taking 3/3 off the first 11 balls he bowled at the start of the New Zealand second innings.
With Vernon Philander also chipping in with the key wicket of Kane Williamson, the visitors suddenly found themselves on 7/4 in pursuit of a target of 400.
Steyn (5/33) finished with eight wickets in the match to put him in 11th place on the all-time list with 416 dismissals and Vern finished with (2/34) and Kagiso added (2/54).
Quinton de Kock was named Man of the Match for his back-to-back fifties (82 and 50) after being promoted up the order due to an injury to opener Dean Elgar.
Stand-in skipper Faf du Plessis hailed his team’s performance.
He says: “At the toss we were unsure whether to bat or bowl.
“We would probably have bowled because on this pitch [the bowlers] would have been a handful.
“The 480 in the first innings set us up well. The total we got, we knew it was going to be a long way back.
On Steyn and Philander’s awesome return to the side, he adds: “They are relentless.
“If we create pressure for long periods, it’s very tough.”