South Africa defeated New Zealand in the second and final Test at Hagley Oval in Christchurch to level the two-match series 1-1.

Riding on the bowling masterclass of Marco Jansen and Kagiso Rabada, the Proteas completed an extraordinary turnaround and hammered New Zealand by 198 runs. Notably, the hosts had won the opening Test at the same venue by an innings and 276 runs.

When it comes to the second match, after setting New Zealand a target of 426, South Africa bowled out the hosts for 227 runs. In their massive chase of 426, the Black Caps resumed on 94/4 in the morning and reached 166/5 before Lutho Sipamla dismissed well-set Devon Conway for 92 runs.

Wicketkeeper Tom Blundell (44) and all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme (18) did show some resistance, but it quickly went downhill after Jansen got rid of both Blundell and De Grandhomme. Jansen and senior lad Rabada ripped through the tail before a rain break brought an early tea, with South Africa needing one wicket for victory.

Spinner Keshav Maharaj then trapped Matt Henry in front to seal the memorable win for South Africa. The trio of Rabada (3/46), Jansen (3/63) and Maharaj (3/75) bagged three wickets apiece in the second innings.

Brief Scores: South Africa 364 (Sarel Erwee 108, Aiden Markram 42; Neil Wagner 4/104, Matt Henry 3/90) & 354/9 decl. (Kyle Verreynne 136) beat New Zealand 293 (Colin de Grandhomme 120, Daryl Mitchell 60; Kagiso Rabada 5/60, Marco Jansen 4/98) and 227 (Devon Conway 92, Tom Blundell 44; Kagiso Rabada 3/46, Marco Jansen 3/63) by 198 runs.

“It’s never easy playing against NZ, so we knew we had to get the job done. We have been in such situations before. NZ were just too good in the first Test, so we had to win this one, to make it 1-1. I would prefer to bowl on the wicket used for the first Test as a fast bowler. The lower order needed to put their hand up, and that’s what we did. It was a last-second decision to go for it (that catch) – and I’m glad I went for it and pulled it off,” said Rabada after the match.

Here is how Twitter reacted:

🚨 RESULT | #Proteas WIN BY 198 RUNS

Keshav Maharaj grabs the final wicket to ensure the #Proteas bounced back in emphatic fashion to claim victory in the second Test and guarantee they leave New Zealand with a drawn series#NZvSA #BePartOfIt

— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) March 1, 2022

From an inns & 200+ runs defeat to a 198-run victory. The Proteas and their bounce back ability 👌 an incredible turnaround. Their record against NZ still in tact! #NZvSA

— EEMS (@NaeemahBenjamin) March 1, 2022

Now that is a serious comeback! Well done to everyone involved in the #Proteas setup. Time for the media to write a few positive articles now..

— Albie Morkel (@albiemorkel) March 1, 2022

Keshav Maharaj takes the final wicket at Hagley Oval to complete a strong win for South Africa and square the @ANZ_NZ Test Series 1-1. Scorecard | #NZvSA

— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) March 1, 2022

South Africa have won the second Test against New Zealand by 198 runs and claim 12 crucial #WTC23 points 👏

The series ends 1-1.#NZvSA

— ICC (@ICC) March 1, 2022

🇿🇦🔥Kagiso Rabada yet again our best bowler this test with 8 wickets and scored the most runs 53 as a bowler (more than our all rounder) don’t EVER tell me this man needs to be dropped or is only in the team because he is undroppable. He is a beast 🇿🇦🔥 #NZvSA

— Gills (@gpricey23) March 1, 2022

That is two very special Test series in a row for this SA team
Sad that there isn’t a 3rd Test in the #NZvSA series but to come back from the 1st Test defeat and win by 198 runs is brilliant
And this is after their exceptional comeback v IND not that long ago at home!

— Natalie Germanos 🏏 (@NatalieGermanos) March 1, 2022

Well done to the Proteas on a great comeback. Next time can we not lose the first test please 🤷🏽‍♂️#NZvSA

— Mpho Mutloane (@MphoMoreki) March 1, 2022

The second time in 2022, SA is playing to keep their well-enriched history existing.

Both times the Elgar led team didn’t dishearten their fans.

Never Lost a Home Test Series against India
Never Lost a Test Series against New Zealand.#NZvSA

— Rohit Chhabra (@clanforgamers) March 1, 2022

Incredible fightback from SA to win the 2nd Test by 198 runs 👏

Series level 1-1

KG Rabada MoTM (5-60 & 3-46) – he’s back!#NZvSA

— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) March 1, 2022

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