1st T20I (N), Cape Town, Jan 9 2015, West Indies tour of South Africa
(19.2/20 ov, target 166)
West Indies won by 4 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
West Indies
WI Innings
Full commentary
end of over 204 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 168/6CRR: 8.68 
Kieron Pollard8 (9)
Daren Sammy0 (0)
David Wiese2.2-0-20-1
Kyle Abbott4-0-30-0

So the Gayle-force blows in to Cape Town. Will he travel up to the Wanderers on Sunday? 1pm start. Join us then...

Presentation time. I wonder who might be Man of the Match? Oh yes, it's Chris Gayle, the fastest fifty for the West Indies. 11 balls for 52 runs in the middle of his innings, incredible stuff today.

Here's Faf du Plessis: "It's a captain's nightmare. Tough for the bowler but a real learning curve for them. He's done that to every attack in the world. If you don't get him out he's going to hurt you. We had a small opportunity with a catch just out of Rilee's reach and you have to take those. I thought we posted a really good total, average at Newlands is about 150. We brought it back well at the end but we were just on the end of Chris Gayle today."

West Indies got on top with the ball quite quickly with regular wickets and it took Rilee Rossouw to ensure the hosts had a solid total to bowl at but nothing was big enough for Gayle in today's mood. He bludgeoned the ball to all parts and having flown in a few days ago, he's blasted his side to a first win on this tour. Amazing how the short format brings out the best in the West Indies. They're one-up in this three-match series.

And Darren Sammy: "We were determined to make up for the Test series. This is a format we're very confident with. The beauty of our team is the power hitters. It was hard to pick the XI. But we're going to play free and fearless, sometime it may look sloppy but that's the way we're going to play. Chris gives himself a chance, sees what the wicket does and then it's helter-skelter. But also, Jason Holder bowled well up front but we didn't start or finish out overs well enough - the first and last balls we conceded too many boundaries."

The chase fizzed out remarkably and West Indies have won by four wickets but in reality this has been a hammering. Chris Gayle produced a real special, we don't often get it nowadays on the international stage but today he was brilliant and destroyed the South Africans. When he got out, West Indies slightly laboured but still got home with plenty in hand, even if they did take almost all the time available to them.

Wiese to Pollard, FOUR runs
length on the stumps, Pollard whacks it into the leg side, finds the straight midwicket rope and that's the game

So it does need Sammy to finish it off. Well he's off strike so probably not...

Wiese to Ramdin, OUT
short ball, hooked at, big top edge straight to long leg. Another solid catch by Abbott and again the batsman a little beaten for pace and top-edging a big attempted hook, it flew straight to the fielder
D Ramdin c Abbott b Wiese 2 (7m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

What a meal they've made of this chase, how has it lasted until the final over! Pretty dull T20 the last seven overs or so. Wiese needs a miracle...

end of over 193 runs
WI: 164/5CRR: 8.63 • RRR: 2.00 • Need 2 runs from 6b
Kieron Pollard4 (8)
Denesh Ramdin2 (4)
Kyle Abbott4-0-30-0
Wayne Parnell4-0-39-2
Abbott to Pollard, no run
bumper, pretty sharp and well ducked
Abbott to Ramdin, 1 run
length again, just outside off, angled down to third man
Abbott to Pollard, 1 run
length at the stumps, tucked out to deep square
Abbott to Ramdin, 1 run
short again, this is uppercut to third man's left
Abbott to Ramdin, no run
short ball, tried to be pulled but missed, well outside off
Abbott to Ramdin, no run
length just outside off, tried to be late cut and missed

Slip goes in for Abbott...

end of over 186 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 161/5CRR: 8.94 • RRR: 2.50 • Need 5 runs from 12b
Kieron Pollard3 (6)
Wayne Parnell4-0-39-2
Imran Tahir4-0-28-3
Parnell to Russell, OUT
short ball pulled high into the sky, long leg comes under it and takes the catch. Solid take because that went a long way up, misjudgement from the batsman, slightly beaten for pace, top edge that went so high up and very well held
AD Russell c Abbott b Parnell 6 (5m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00
Parnell to Pollard, 1 run
shortish again, rode down the leg side for a single to long leg
Parnell to Pollard, no run
back of a length, defended dropping it down on the popping crease

One hit will do it now...

Parnell to Russell, 1 run
slapped down to long-on who's now back on the fence
Parnell to Russell, FOUR runs
length on the stumps, batsman clears the front leg and hammers it just past mid-on, unkind bounce didn't help
Parnell to Russell, no run
length ball just outside off, knocked into the covers
end of over 172 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 155/4CRR: 9.11 • RRR: 3.66 • Need 11 runs from 18b
Andre Russell1 (2)
Kieron Pollard2 (4)
Imran Tahir4-0-28-3
Wayne Parnell3-0-33-1

Decent from Tahir, no support from anywhere else...

Imran Tahir to Russell, 1 run
fuller, pressed down to long-on
Imran Tahir to Russell, no run
covering up in front of off stump, knocks this back to the bowler
Imran Tahir to Samuels, OUT
down the wicket, playing with bat and pad together and it comes off the pad via the bat and loops to cover point. Can't say as I've seen a bat-pad catch to a fielder that far out before. Tried to kick it away but the ball ran off the outside of the pad and then the splice of the bat and looped into the infield. Tahir celebrates like he's won the world cup
MN Samuels c Rossouw b Imran Tahir 41 (47m 32b 5x4 1x6) SR: 128.12