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590dThe Report by Alan Gardner

Gayle onslaught powers WI to victory

Easily cowed during the Tests, West Indies deployed arguably a stronger line-up for the first T20 and, despite an unconvincing finish, proved too good for an experimental South Africa

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

CH Gayle
77(31) 5x4 - 8x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • off drive
  • 27 runs
  • 0x4 - 4x6
0 0 4 6 17 10 34 6
RR Rossouw
51(40) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %71%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 10 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
11 0 1 3 11 6 14 5

Best performances - Bowlers

Imran Tahir
O4
M0
R28
W3
Eco7.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
SS Cottrell
O4
M0
R33
W2
Eco8.25
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Match Details

Toss

South Africa , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

West Indies led the 3-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

18.00 start, First Session 18.00-19.20 Interval 19.20-19.40, Second Session 19.40-21.00

Match days

9 January 2015 - night match (20-over match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Commentator: Alex Winter

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.

19.2
4
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...

19.1
W
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:
19 | 3 Runs | WI: 164/5 (2 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.63, RRR: 2.00)

  • Kieron Pollard4 (8b)
  • Denesh Ramdin2 (4b)
  • Kyle Abbott4-0-30-0
  • Wayne Parnell4-0-39-2
18.6
0
Abbott to Pollard, no run, bumper, pretty sharp and well ducked
18.5
1
Abbott to Ramdin, 1 run, length again, just outside off, angled down to third man
18.4
1
Abbott to Pollard, 1 run, length at the stumps, tucked out to deep square
18.3
1
Abbott to Ramdin, 1 run, short again, this is uppercut to third man's left

West Indies 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st78CH GayleDR Smith
2nd36CH GayleMN Samuels
3rd33MN SamuelsDJ Bravo
4th7MN SamuelsKA Pollard
5th7KA PollardAD Russell
6th3D RamdinKA Pollard
7th4DJG SammyKA Pollard