South Africa Beats India by 10 Wickets in Kallis’s Last Test

South Africa defeated India by 10 wickets today in all-rounder Jacques Kallis’s last cricket Test to win the two-game series 1-0.

India compiled innings of 334 and 223 in Durban. South Africa, which scored 500 in its first innings including 115 by Kallis, achieved the win with 59-0 in its second knock, captain Graeme Smith making 27 and Alviro Petersen 31 on the fifth day.

South Africa fast-bowler Dale Steyn took the wickets of Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara after the visitors resumed on 68-2 today and finished with figures of 3-47, Vernon Philander taking 3-43 as India’s tail crumbled. Robin Peterson had 4-74.

Ajinkya Rahane was India’s top scorer in the innings with 96 before being bowled by Philander for the final wicket. The win underlined South Africa’s status as No. 1 in the International Cricket Council Test rankings ahead of No. 2 India. The first Test in Johannesburg was drawn.

Kallis said it was a “tough call” to retire from Tests.

“It’s been incredible, the way people have come out to support me, the way Cricket South Africa and my team-mates have made it a special game,” he told the post-match presentation. “I still had the same butterflies ahead of this game.”

Kallis, 38, will remain available for selection in international limited-overs matches and hopes to play in the World Cup in 2015.

He’s played 166 Tests for the national team since making his debut as a 20-year-old in 1995, scoring a South African record 13,289 runs at an average of more than 55 and taking 292 wickets. With 45 centuries in Tests, he has the most scores of 100 or more after Sachin Tendulkar on 51. The Indian retired from international cricket in November.

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