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Philander bowls SA to record 492-run win over Australia; takes series 3-1

Vernon Philander took a career-best six for 21 as Australia were bowled out for 118

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South Africa vs Australia 4th test
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sent crashing to defeat with a sensational spell of on the fifth day of the fourth Test against at the today.

took a career-best six for 21 as were bowled out for 118, giving victory by 492 runs, a record runs margin for

completed a 3-1 series win, the first time they had beaten Australia in a home series since 1969/70.

It brought to an end a series of high-quality and even greater off-field drama, culminating in a ball tampering scandal during the third Test in which resulted in former Steve Smith, vice-and sent home.

struck twice in the first over of the day. He had caught at gully off the first ball. An inside edge looped off the batsman's thigh pad to

Four balls later was caught behind without a run having been added to the overnight 88 for three. It was Philander's 200th wicket in his 54th Test.

was next, bowled off an inside edge for 24 as he tried to withdraw his bat - an almost exact replica of his first-ball dismissal in the first innings.

and Pat were unable to repeat their defiant stand of the first innings, with Paine caught behind for seven and bowled for one.

Chadd Sayers was caught at third slip off the first ball he faced. At that stage Philander's figures for the morning were 5.2-2-3-6.

Morne Morkel, playing in his final Test, had been given a of honour by his teammates and support staff when he walked on to the field at the start of the day.

With nine wickets down, Morkel was given the ball but was unable to add to his 309 Test wickets. The final wicket fell to a run-out, with failing to beat Aiden Markram's throw from point as he went for a second run off Morkel's

First Published: Tue, April 03 2018. 17:12 IST