Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla wasted little time in guiding South Africa to the 101 runs needed to beat New Zealand by nine wickets shortly before tea on the third day of the second Test at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Saturday.
Skipper Smith was unbeaten on 55 and Amla on 46 as the visitors wrapped up a victory that gives them a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Alviro Petersen was the only wicket to fall before Amla and Smith combined for a rapid 98-run partnership in 82 minutes to take the visitors to 103 for one.
Vernon Philander had earlier wrapped up Kiwis' second innings shortly after lunch, with the hosts bowled out for 168, setting the visitors a modest victory target and plenty of time to reach it. New Zealand had gone to lunch at 142-6 with a resolute Kane Williamson on 77 and Doug Bracewell on nought, though they lasted just another 4.5 overs after the break as paceman Philander completed his fifth five-wicket haul in Tests.
Mark Gillespie (14), with two fours and a six, and Brent Arnel (eight not out) provided some lusty blows.