Dane Piedt produced the best performance by a debutant South African spinner as the Proteas thumped Zimbabwe by nine wickets to retain their number one status following the one-off Test at the Harare Sports Club on Tuesday.
After bowling Zimbabwe out for 181 in the second innings, the visitors knocked off their target of 41 for the loss of opener Dean Elgar, who was bowled by Tendai Chatara for 21.
The 24-year-old Piedt finished with match figures of eight for 152 on a helpful wicket having been drafted into the side for leg-spinner Imran Tahir, beating the previous best debut figures of seven for 189 by Ian Smith against England in 1947.
Fast bowler Dale Steyn finished with eight for 84 in the match to move level with Ian Botham on 383 careers Test scalps, 13th on the list of most wicket takers.
A South African victory was always likely at the start of the day, but Zimbabwe can take heart from the fight they showed in delaying the Proteas' celebrations until the final hour of day four.
Resuming on 28 for one, they lost only nightwatchman Donald Tiripano (five) before lunch after he had a wild slog at a Piedt delivery and was bowled.
SCORES IN BRIEF
ZIMBABWE: First innings 256 all out (Taylor 93, Masakadza 45, Steyn 5-46, Piedt 4-90)
SOUTH AFRICA: First innings 397 all out (Du Plessis 97, De Kock 81, Duminy 55; Nyumbu 5-157, Tiripano 2-65)
ZIMBABWE: Second innings 181 all out (Masakadza 19, Sibanda 45, Vermeulen 21, Mutumbami 43; Steyn 3-38, Morkel 3-15, Piedt 4-62)
SOUTH AFRICA: Second innings 44 for 1 (Elgar 21, Petersen 17 not out)
Result: South Africa won by 9 wickets.
Player-of-the-match: Dane Piedt.