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.

West Indies 4/0   CH Gayle 4* (1b 1x4)   SM Pollock 0.1-0-4-0

1.6

Ntini to DS Smith, FOUR, short of a length and just outside the off, Smith sees the length early and plays a pull through midwicket

West Indies 14/0   DS Smith 6* (6b 1x4)   M Ntini 1-0-6-0

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

West Indies 27/0   CH Gayle 19* (9b 2x4 1x6)   SM Pollock 1.4-0-20-0

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

West Indies 52/0   CH Gayle 39* (17b 3x4 3x6)   M Morkel 0.2-0-6-0

6.1

van der Wath to DS Smith, FOUR, this time Smith gives himself room and he's successful, chopping the ball away through backward of square on the off side

West Indies 58/0   DS Smith 15* (17b 2x4)   JJ van der Wath 1.1-0-7-0

6.6

van der Wath to DS Smith, FOUR, short one outside the off and it disappears, pulled away magnificently in front of aquare

West Indies 68/0   DS Smith 24* (21b 3x4)   JJ van der Wath 2-0-17-0

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

West Indies 108/0   CH Gayle 68* (33b 4x4 6x6)   JA Morkel 0.5-0-15-0

11.2

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

West Indies 120/0   CH Gayle 77* (40b 5x4 6x6)   GC Smith 0.2-0-6-0

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.

West Indies 161/2   CH Gayle 105* (52b 6x4 9x6)   SM Pollock 3.5-0-46-1

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

West Indies 173/2   CH Gayle 115* (54b 7x4 10x6)   M Morkel 2.2-0-24-0

18.1

van der Wath to Chanderpaul, FOUR, Outside edge. Lovely lemon cut or French cut as you please. Full and homing in on the off stump, Chanderpaul tries to slice it through point. Instead the ball runs to third man boundary

West Indies 188/4   S Chanderpaul 11* (9b 1x4)   JJ van der Wath 3.1-0-25-1

18.4

van der Wath to Ramdin, FOUR, Connects with his upper cut this time. A slight shuffle takes him outside leg stump just before the delivery and he carves a short-of-length delivery over point

West Indies 192/5   D Ramdin 4* (2b 1x4)   JJ van der Wath 3.4-0-29-2
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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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