Hashim Amla hit his highest One Day International score with a majestic 159 and Faf du Plessis grabbed a century to drive the Proteas to 411.
The opening batsman's 159 off 128 balls led South Africa to their second knock of over 400 in the Cricket World Cup, setting a near impossible target.
The South African cricket team have set their sights on gaining some early momentum in the tournament, beginning with their match against Sri Lanka.
Proteas batsman Faf du Plessis has been fined 50% of his match fee after he was found guilty of ball tampering.
Facing an extremely hostile attack, New Zealand were in deep trouble trailing South Africa by 478 at stumps on day two in Port Elizabeth.
SA will look to ride on the success of the T20 series, says stand-in captain Faf du Plessis, as they go into the Test matches against New Zealand.
After years in the wilderness, a chance opening gave Faf du Plessis the gap he needed, Neil Manthorp reports.
Former cricket boss Ali Bacher believes the Proteas' draw against Australia at the Adelaide Oval could be one of the greatest in history.
Faf du Plessis hit an inspirational century as South Africa drew against Australia in the second Test, ending on 248-8 in a nail-biting finish.
Australia have dismissed SA for 388 on the third day of the second test, after Jacques Kallis and Faf Du Plessis guided the team past the follow-on.
The Proteas' spin pair of Faf du Plessis and Roelof van der Merwe have weaved the Titans to victory over the Lions in the T20 Challenge final.
Recording the largest victory margin in South African first-class cricket, the Titans beat the Dolphins to almost lift the SuperSport Series trophy.
Justin Kemp and Dane Vilas rounded out a sterling SuperSport Series performance in Kimberley as the Cape Cobras steamrolled the Knights.
Jacques Kallis has been crowned South Africa's Cricketer of the Year at the 2011 South African Cricket Awards in Johannesburg.
Faf du Plessis struck a confident note on Monday when he said the Proteas should have too much depth in every department against New Zealand.
SA seem to possess too many weapons for Tuesday's match against Ireland who look exhausted after pulling off the first upset of the World Cup.
Yusuf Pathan blazed a half-century but India still had to call on their tailenders to clinch victory over South Africa by two wickets on Tuesday.