ICC World Twenty20, 2007/08 / Commentary

ICC World Twenty20 - 1st match, Group A

South Africa v West Indies

South Africa won by 8 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)

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

0.4

Pollock to DS Smith, 1 run, full and just a touch of swing in to the left-handed batsman, defended towards square-leg and another run

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   SM Pollock 1-0-8-0

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

2.3

Pollock to DS Smith, 1 leg bye, fullish and quite straight, defended to the on side

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

2.6

Pollock to DS Smith, 1 run, very full and on the off stump, defended down to the off side

West Indies 29/0   SM Pollock 2-0-22-0

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

12.4

Pollock to DS Smith, 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   SM Pollock 3-0-36-0

14.1

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

14.2

Pollock to Samuels, OUT, A six and he is gone. Full-pitched, on the off stump line, Samuels goes for a big heave down the ground but ends up scooping it straight to de villiers at long-off.

MN Samuels c de Villiers b Pollock 6 (3m 4b 0x4 1x6) SR: 150.00

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   SM Pollock 4-0-52-1
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Photos

Sep 11, 2007

Chris Gayle hits one hard, South Africa v West Indies , Group A, ICC World Twenty20, Johannesburg, September 11, 2007

Chris Gayle hits one hard

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Sep 11, 2007

Herschelle Gibbs attempts yet another big shot, South Africa v West Indies , Group A, ICC World Twenty20, Johannesburg, September 11, 2007

Herschelle Gibbs attempts yet another big shot

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