S Africa level series with Wellington win

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

South Africa registered a crucial six-wicket victory over New Zealand in the third and final Test.

S Africa level series with Wellington win

Wellington:

The South Africans made sure that their teammate Gary Kirsten has a pleasant farewell from international cricket by registering a crucial six-wicket victory over New Zealand in the third and final Test. Skipper Graeme Smith's innings of 125 not out and Kirsten's 76 runs helped the Proteas square the series 1-1. Chasing a victory target of 234, South Africa needed 152 runs with seven wickets in hand when they came out to bat today. Smith and Kirsten made sure that there were no hiccups as the two shared a 171-run partnership for the fourth wicket and steered the team close to an emotional victory. South Africa were 207 for four when Kirsten was dismissed, but by then the result was just a formality. For Kirsten, it was an emotional moment as he kissed his helmet and walked off in tears through a guard of honour of his teammates. He ended his Test career at 7,289 runs from 101 matches, at an average of 45.27. (PTI)

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