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South Africa win gives Kallis perfect send-off

ESPN staff
December 30, 2013
Jacques Kallis: "I felt it was the right time and what a way to finish it off" © Getty Images

South Africa saw off India by ten wickets in Durban to give Jacques Kallis the perfect send-off in his final Test.

Dale Steyn struck early to remove Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara within 15 minutes of the start of play, with South Africa eventually set a target of just 59 runs to win. South Africa's openers required less than 12 overs to knock off the runs and end their Durban 'jinx' which has seen them fail to win a Test there since 2008.

Kallis, 38, scored his 45th Test century on Sunday, to help South Africa on their way to the series victory. He retires from Test cricket as the third-highest run scorer with 13,289 runs from 166 matches. The all-rounder will continue to play one-day internationals.

"It's a very tough day but my team-mates have made it a special game and I couldn't ask for a better exit," said Kallis.

South Africa captain Graeme Smith said: "We've enjoyed time in many changing rooms and had many victories for the Proteas. He's a really outstanding human being it's been a privilege to get to know him as a person and a friend. It's emotional and humbling to see the effect he has had."

South Africa have lost just one of their previous 25 Test series, a run dating back to 2006.

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