Stunning Steyn finishes the job
Dale Steyn completed career-best match figures of 11-60 as South Africa wrapped up a crushing 211-run win over Pakistan in the first Test at the Wanderers.
Success for the Proteas appeared a formality when Pakistan began the penultimate day on 183 for four, requiring a further 297 for victory.
Predictably, it was Steyn who applied the finishing touches to a dominant South African performance, which saw the tourists dismissed for 268.
The 29-year-old paceman, who returned 6-8 to help skittle Pakistan for 49 first time round, once again demonstrated why he is ranked as the leading bowler in Tests by the International Cricket Council.
Swinging the ball at pace, he picked up four of the six wickets to fall today and his overall analysis would have been even better were it not for some brief tail-end resistance led by Umar Gul.
Wicketkeeper AB de Villiers caught Gul off Steyn to claim his 11th catch of the game, thereby equalling the record in Tests set by England’s Jack Russell at the same venue 18 years ago.
Pakistan had taken the match into a fourth day with a courageous rearguard display, but they knew the new ball would not be long in coming this morning.
Steyn took just 10 deliveries to make an impact with the fresh cherry, drawing an edge from Asad Shafiq that was held low down by Jacques Kallis at second slip.
Shafiq, who made 56, was swiftly followed back to the pavilion by his skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, who was caught behind for 64 when Steyn sent down a glorious outswinger in his next over.
Sarfraz Ahmed then played on to Vernon Philander when attempting to leave, while Saeed Ajmal, who mustered successive fours off Steyn, gloved a lifter from Morkel to become de Villiers’ 10th victim.
South Africa struck again when Gul was given out following a review and Steyn then benefited from another overturned decision when pinning Junaid Khan lbw to bring proceedings to and end.