Steyn stars as Proteas secure big win

Dale Steyn, left, inspired South Africa to a 211-run win

Dale Steyn, left, inspired South Africa to a 211-run win

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Dale Steyn claimed match figures of 11 for 60 and AB de Villiers equalled a world record as South Africa completed a routine win over Pakistan in the first Test.

De Villiers matched England wicketkeeper Jack Russell's mark of 11 dismissals in a Test - set against the Proteas in 1995 - after profiting from Steyn's excellence as Pakistan fell well short of their victory target of 480.

Resuming day four on 183 for four, the tourists were bundled out for 268 in Johannesburg as South Africa won the series opener by 211 runs.

Steyn said with a smile: "I bowled quite nicely.

"I've not been able to pick up wickets at the top in recent times but I'm glad I did it here.

"We wanted to try and get these wickets as quickly as possible today, the guys pushed hard, there wasn't a lot of chances, we were pumped to try and finish off the game."

On his career-best figures, he added: "Things just kind of clicked, the ball came out nicely. There's not much thinking going on, your natural instinct takes over. I just got the ball in my hand and ran in and bowled."

Proteas captain Graeme Smith was delighted to mark his 100th Test in charge with a win, saying: "You always get a bit nervous in a milestone game, people could say that you are not totally focused.

"We knew we wanted to bat first, we were looking at 250-odd, but we left ourselves down a little bit. But we knew the cracks would come into effect.

"We are blessed to have Steyn in the attack, he is the number one bowler in the world and was helped by (Morne) Morkel and (Vernon) Philander. Hopefully AB has silenced the critics with his keeping."

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