Wellington, Mar 27: South Africa's bid for a win in the final Test against New Zealand was thwarted by Kane Williamson who hit his second Test hundred to steer the hosts to a draw in the third and final Test at the Basin Reserve here on Tuesday.
[Scorecard: South Africa vs New Zealand, Third Test, Wellington]
South Africa won the series 1-0 after emerging victorious in the second Test in Hamilton by nine wickets.
Williamson remained unbeaten on 102 as New Zealand ended day five at 200/6, chasing 389 for a win. Earlier, South Africa skipper Graeme Smith declared their second innings at 189/3.
It was paceman Morne Morkel was the wrecker-in-chief as he took all the six wickets to fall. He was adjudged Man-of-the-match. The hosts were in deep trouble at 83/5 but Williamson steered New Zealand to safety in the company of Doug Bracewell, who made 20 not out off 59 deliveries. South Africa dropped four catches which proved costly in the end result.
Captain Smith said: "Thanks for an awesome summer out here in New Zealand. Well played, Kane (Williamson), congratulations on your hundred. It's been a terrific summer, we've walked away with three trophies, you can all be proud of your performance. Thanks to our fans back in South Africa, it means a lot to all of us. Thanks to everyone in New Zealand as well."
"A little bit tired, lots of hard work today. We'll enjoy taking this trophy back to South Africa. The ball has been coming out quite nicely, luckily today things worked out for me. I'm happy with the performance today. We're quite happy with this," said Morkel.
Williamson's ton was the first by a New Zealander during the series. South African batsmen had scored five.
Captain Ross Taylor who broke his left forearm after being struck by a Morkel bouncer on Monday, did not bat and he will undergo surgery.