ICC World Twenty20, 1st Match, Group A: South Africa v West Indies at Johannesburg, Sep 11, 2007
ICC World Twenty20 - 1st match, Group A
South Africa won by 8 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)
11 September 2007 - night match (20-over match)
0.1

Pollock to Gayle, FOUR, short of a good length, outside the off, and Gayle slaps that through point. The fielder gets a hand to it but can't stop it. The outfield is quick and the ball races away.

0.2

Pollock to Gayle, no run, short of a driving length and on the stumps, no room for Gayle to swing his arms, defended back down the pitch

0.3

Pollock to Gayle, 1 run, full and on the stump, whipped uppishly to the leg side but down to mid-on

0.5

Pollock to Gayle, 2 runs, short of a length and outside the off, thumped through extra-cover off the back foot

0.6

Pollock to Gayle, no run, punched to cover and it's a dot ball to end the first over in this ICC World Twenty20

West Indies 8/0   CH Gayle 7* (5b 1x4)
1.2

Ntini to Gayle, 1 run, sliced away through point, uppish but well wide of the fielder

West Indies 10/0   CH Gayle 8* (6b 1x4)
2.1

Pollock to Gayle, SIX, Maximum! just drifting onto leg and Gayle smites the ball over the on side. That's flat and sails straight over square-leg for the first six of the tournament

2.2

Pollock to Gayle, 1 run, short of a length and outside the off, pulled but not particularly convincingly

2.4

Pollock to Gayle, 1 wide, well down the leg side, left easily alone and the umpire has no doubt in calling that wide

2.4

Pollock to Gayle, FOUR, whipped away once more. Gayle picks the ball off from the stumps and slaps it over midwicket for another boundary

2.5

Pollock to Gayle, 1 run, bouncer but it's quite slow and drifting down leg, helped along towards fine-leg

West Indies 28/0   CH Gayle 20* (10b 2x4 1x6)
3.4

Ntini to Gayle, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, Gayle stands tall and powers the ball to the off side, Graeme Smith somehow fields at mid-off

3.5

Ntini to Gayle, SIX, Huge! Gayle plants his foot down the pitch and heaves the ball over long-on. That is a very big hit from Gayle.

3.6

Ntini to Gayle, SIX, This one is monstrous. Gayle plants his foot down the pitch and tees off. This time it's over long-off and really really big. The ball lands well back in the stands

West Indies 42/0   CH Gayle 32* (13b 2x4 3x6)
4.3

van der Wath to Gayle, 1 leg bye, short of a length and on the pads, flick played and missed, off the pads to the leg side

4.6

van der Wath to Gayle, 1 run, short of a length once more and pretty straight, swatted away to the leg side

West Indies 46/0   CH Gayle 33* (15b 2x4 3x6)
5.1

M Morkel to Gayle, 2 runs, good-length ball on the stumps, Gayle plays back over the bowler's head but hasn't quite timed that one

5.2

M Morkel to Gayle, FOUR, short of a length and on the off, hammered away through cover, Gayle throws everything he has at it, the ball races away to the fence and that brings up the fifty partnership

5.3

M Morkel to Gayle, no run, Gayle backs away to leg and Morkel follows him with a quick short ball, no chance of hitting that away. Excellent bowling

5.4

M Morkel to Gayle, 1 run, fuller and on the pads, clipped through the on side for a single

5.6

M Morkel to Gayle, no run, again Gayle backs off towards leg, again the bowler follows him and cramps him up for room. Clever bowling this

West Indies 54/0   CH Gayle 40* (20b 3x4 3x6)
6.4

van der Wath to Gayle, 1 run, swatted down to fine-leg

West Indies 62/0   CH Gayle 41* (21b 3x4 3x6)
7.1

M Morkel to Gayle, 2 runs, full and straight, Gayle drives back past the bowler, Albie Morkel dives brilliantly on the ropes and saves the ball

7.2

M Morkel to Gayle, SIX, short, wide and Gayle moves to leg and slices the ball away. Not quite in control but the ball easily sails over the fielder at third-man

7.3

M Morkel to Gayle, no run, pacy and outside the off, swing and a miss, through to the keeper

7.4

M Morkel to Gayle, no run, very full and outside the off, steered down towards point where Gibbs dives and fields

7.5

M Morkel to Gayle, 1 run, short of a good length and outside the off, played down through cover for a single that gets Gayle te first half-century of this tournament, off only 26 balls

West Indies 77/0   CH Gayle 50* (26b 3x4 4x6)
8.1

Philander to Gayle, no run

8.2

Philander to Gayle, SIX, fullish and on the off, smashed away over midwicket. That's a big hit from Gayle. Yet another one, rather

8.3

Philander to Gayle, 1 run, very full and on the pads, attempted yorker, worked through leg

8.6

Philander to Gayle, 5 wides, full and down the leg side, that's a terrible ball with the keeper standing up. Five wides!

8.6

Philander to Gayle, no run, full-toss on the off, slapped down to point to end the over

West Indies 93/0   CH Gayle 57* (30b 3x4 5x6)
9.2

JA Morkel to Gayle, 1 wide, well down the leg side and once again wide called. Not very clever from the bowler

9.2

JA Morkel to Gayle, 1 run, full and on the toes, inswinging yorker, dug out for a single

9.4

JA Morkel to Gayle, SIX, Baseball style clout! full-toss outside the off, Gayle sees it and hits it cleanly over midwicket. That brings up the hundred and Gayle now has six sixes, the maximum in an innings in Twenty20

9.5

JA Morkel to Gayle, FOUR, low full-toss outside the off, carved through cover for a boundary. Gayle's racing along and could well become the first centurion in this form of the game

9.6

JA Morkel to Gayle, 1 run, eased down to long-on for a single to end the over

West Indies 109/0   CH Gayle 69* (34b 4x4 6x6)
10.1

Philander to Gayle, no run, Full and straight and a rare dot ball. Hit straight back down the track.

10.2

Philander to Gayle, 1 run, fullish, on the leg stump line, tucked past square leg for a single

10.5

Philander to Gayle, no run

10.6

Philander to Gayle, 1 run, There comes the lemon cut. Full and spearing in on the leg stump, Gayle's bat comes down in an arc, just outside the line and he squeeses it past the leg stump, down to fine leg

West Indies 114/0   CH Gayle 71* (38b 4x4 6x6)
11.1

Smith to Gayle, 2 runs, the outside edge this time. It was low dipping full toss from round the stumps and Gayle goes for a flashy drive and gets a outside edge to third man

11.2

Smith to Gayle, FOUR, Whack. Good old fashioned slog. On a length, outside off stump and he smoked it over extra cover

11.3

Smith to Gayle, SIX, Twhack. Six over long-on. Easy. It was in the slot, on the middle stump, Gayle cleared his front foot and slogged it over the long-on fielder. Gayle is playing Stick Cricket out there

11.4

Smith to Gayle, 2 runs, Another big swing of the bat, this time down to the long-off region

11.5

Smith to Gayle, 1 leg bye, criminal mistake! he misses a slog. On the leg stump line, he threatened to hit it out of the ground, bat meets air, the ball meets the pad

West Indies 129/0   CH Gayle 85* (43b 5x4 7x6)
12.1

Pollock to Gayle, no run, Swing and a miss. Yorker, swinging just outside leg stump line, Gayle had cleared the front leg and tried a swipe across the line, missed and the ball went between his legs. No naughty comments please!

12.2

Pollock to Gayle, no run, Hello?! A slow loopy bouncer has Gayle completely flummoxed. It landed in the middle of the track and climbed, ever so slowly, like an old man, Gayle was ready to duck and then sees the ball lobbing towards him. He just couldn't do anything with and watched it helplessly as it went past the off stump

12.2

Pollock to Gayle, no run, Hello?! A slow loopy bouncer has Gayle completely flummoxed. It landed in the middle of the track and climbed, ever so slowly, like an old man, Gayle was ready to duck and then sees the ball lobbing towards him. He just couldn't do anything with and watched it helplessly as it went past the off stump

12.3

Pollock to Gayle, 1 run

12.5

Pollock to Gayle, SIX, Gayle goes down town. Full, in the middle and leg line, he clears the front leg and hits it cleanly over long-on. up up and over

12.6

Pollock to Gayle, SIX, Another biggie.: to the wide long on region. Even bigger. This one sails into the crowd.

West Indies 145/0   CH Gayle 98* (48b 5x4 9x6)
14.1

Pollock to Gayle, 1 run, driven through the gap between mid-off and cover

14.3

Pollock to Gayle, 1 wide, Another slow bouncer from Pollock but this one climbs over Gayle's head. Wide called.

14.3

Pollock to Gayle, 2 runs, That's it! Gayle has broken the barrier. He has the first ton in this Twenty20 format. Full-pitched on the middle stump line, driven down the ground. All along the ground.

14.4

Pollock to Gayle, 1 wide, way down the leg side.

14.4

Pollock to Gayle, 1 wide, spears this one well outside the off stump. Wide again.

14.4

Pollock to Gayle, no run, Ouch! Pollock hurls in a yorker, Gayle tries to swipe it away, gets a inside edge to the right ankle and he twisted the right ankle as he tried to recover.

14.5

Pollock to Gayle, FOUR, Bang. Low full toss, on the off stump line and Gayle smokes it straight down the ground. No chance whatsover for the men at the ropes.

14.6

Pollock to Gayle, SIX, He goes again. What a party he is having. He moved the front leg outside the leg stump, even before Pollock delivered the ball and carved a full-length delivery over deep midwicket. Twenty20 is made for Gayle.

West Indies 167/2   CH Gayle 111* (53b 6x4 10x6)
15.2

M Morkel to Gayle, 1 wide, from the round the stumps, Gayle shuffles right across, ends up outside off stump and can't reach the ball slipping down the leg side

15.2

M Morkel to Gayle, FOUR, It's a simple technique Gayle uses. He just clears the front leg outside the line and goes right through the line. This one - a full delivery on the middle stump, an attempted yorker - has been driven down the ground

15.3

M Morkel to Gayle, 1 run, even before the ball was delivered, Gayle placed the front leg outside the leg stump, opened up his stance and tried to whack a length delivery over midwicket but ended up edging it to midwicket

15.5

M Morkel to Gayle, 1 run, he backs away to the leg side, a yorker is fired on the off and middle line, Gayle brings the bat down in a hurry and squeezes it to long-on

West Indies 176/2   CH Gayle 117* (56b 7x4 10x6)
16.2

van der Wath to Gayle, OUT, Gayle is gone after a fast and furious knock. Short in length, on the middle stump line, Gayle, again took out the front leg outside the line and tried a swipe across the line but got an top edge to Boucher. What a whirlwind and violent knock this has been. Take a bow

CH Gayle c †Boucher b van der Wath 117 (75m 57b 7x4 10x6) SR: 205.26

West Indies 178/3   CH Gayle 117 (57b 7x4 10x6)
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