The South African top-order, led by Faf du Plessis’s 79, got in a good day’s batting as they ended on 338, a lead of 51 over a Sri Lanka XI in their warm-up match in Colombo.
The Chennai Super Kings rolled over the Delhi Daredevils with an impressive debut from Lungi Ngidi who conceded just 26 runs from his four overs.
Vernon Philander stood up when it counted to secure his best Test figures and finally close down India.
AB de Villiers will captain the Proteas in their day-night Test against Zimbabwe, starting on Tuesday in Port Elizabeth, after Faf du Plessis was ruled out because of a viral infection.
JP Duminy is to take the captaincy of the Proteas T20 squad after Faf du Plessis was injured during the third ODI on Sunday.
The most important benefit of the 2-0 series win over Bangladesh was the boost in confidence, says Proteas captain Faf du Plessis.
Just to rub it in, the Proteas batted on for seven overs after lunch to declare on 573-4 against Bangladesh.
Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis moved smoothly to their hundreds when play started after a 90-minute rain delay on day two in Bloemfontein.
Describing the first Test against Bangladesh as ‘perfect’, Proteas captain Faf du Plessis now wants a repeat performance to show consistency.
Dane Paterson, who was added to the Test squad to cover for the injured Morne Morkel, will stay for the ODI series against Bangladesh.
Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar have moved up the ICC Test Player Rankings after notching fine centuries in the first Test against Bangladesh in Potchefstroom.
Proteas captain Faf du Plessis has demanded a wicket more suited to his pace attack in the second Test against Bangladesh.
Andile Phehlukwayo’s fighting 62 in helping the Dolphins save the Sunfoil game in Centurion could not have come at a better time.
Faf du Plessis has revealed that two or three spinners will be a part of the Proteas’ thinking going into the final Test in Hamilton.
Before we reach into the box of superlatives in praise of this Proteas team that bossed New Zealand in Wellington, we need to praise two people who are unlikely to hog the headlines in the coming days.