result
2nd Semi Final (D/N), Jaipur, Nov 2 2006, ICC Champions Trophy
(44/50 ov, target 259)262/4
West Indies won by 6 wickets (with 36 balls remaining)
player of the match
Chris Gayle
West Indies
14y
• The Bulletin by S Rajesh

Rampant Gayle runs SA to the ground

Chris Gayle lit up the Sawai Mansingh Stadium with a quite spectacular display of power-hitting as West Indies stormed into their second successive Champions Trophy final

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Scorecard summary
South Africa258/8(50 overs)
West Indies262/4(44 overs)
end of over 447 runs
WI: 262/4CRR: 5.95 
Chris Gayle133 (135)
Marlon Samuels5 (8)
Robin Peterson7-0-36-1
Graeme Smith10-0-43-1

Chris Gayle's second hundred in consecutive matches, his third of the tournament, and his 15th in total. It was a magisterial performance, and the South Africans had absolutely no answer to his belligerent approach.

The fireworks are exploding all around the ground, as West Indies, the defending champions, return to the final of the ICC Champions Trophy. They've had to do it the hard way, with pre-qualification, but now they face Australia, first-time finalists, in the final at Mumbai on Sunday.

Gayle, we presume, will be the runaway Man-of-the-Match, while South Africa return home with that tag of nearly-men once again proving too hard to shake off. They don't like semi-finals, do they?

Well, it's been emotional. This is Andrew Miller signing off, on behalf of my colleagues, Martin Williamson and Will Luke. Join us again on Sunday at 0900GMT, for the final between West Indies and Australia.

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43.6
4
Peterson to Gayle, FOUR runs

brilliant. Full stride, and clobbered down the ground for the winning boundary

43.5
Peterson to Gayle, no run

driven, but straight to the man at mid-off

43.5
1w
Peterson to Gayle, 1 wide

oops, that's a bonus

Two needed from 38 ... I wonder ...

43.4
1
Peterson to Samuels, 1 run

tip-and-run cricket, and a scampered single ends with a direct hit from the covers, but the batsmen are home

43.3
Peterson to Samuels, no run

stretching forward and smothers the spin, not that there's a whole lot of it

43.2
1
Peterson to Gayle, 1 run

shorter, and bludgeoned down the ground. But the long-on sweeper tidies up

43.1
Peterson to Gayle, no run

flicked off the pads, but straight to the fielder

end of over 4311 runs
WI: 255/4CRR: 5.93 • RRR: 0.57 • Need 4 from 42b
Marlon Samuels4 (6)
Chris Gayle128 (131)
Graeme Smith10-0-43-1
Robin Peterson6-0-29-1

This has been a rout, pure and simple, and not even West Indies' carelessness in these final overs can disguise that

42.6
2lb
Smith to Samuels, 2 leg byes

and that's a useful addition. Gayle keeps the strike, with just four runs needed

42.5
4
Smith to Samuels, FOUR runs

that will help the cause! Opens the blade and punches behind square for a welcome boundary to get off the mark

42.4
Smith to Samuels, no run

shuffles across his stumps, and pushed back down the track

42.3
Smith to Samuels, no run

sensible defence

42.2
1
Smith to Gayle, 1 run

tickled away to fine leg

42.1
4
Smith to Gayle, FOUR runs

poor ball, and Gayle swings that one round the corner and away to the midwicket boundary. He's still in control, and therefore so are the Windies

end of over 421 run • 1 wicket
WI: 244/4CRR: 5.80 • RRR: 1.88 • Need 15 from 48b
Marlon Samuels0 (2)
Chris Gayle123 (129)
Robin Peterson6-0-29-1
Graeme Smith9-0-34-1
41.6
Peterson to Samuels, no run

the end of another very useful over. Spin, as Viv Richards once said (apparently) is a useful setting on a washing-machine. It's also useful for putting the heebie-jeebies through a West Indian batting line-up

41.5
Peterson to Samuels, no run

good length, met with a deliberate dead bat

Well, well ... it's still too late for South Africa, surely ...? But Australia will be watching this collapse with interest ...

41.4
W
Peterson to Morton, OUT

good grief, that is village! Gayle is cruising at the other end, but Morton wanted to finish the job himself, but instead his big smear ends up in the hands of short midwicket. Brainless batting, I'm afraid to say, and it was somewhat telegraphed

Runako Morton c de Villiers b Peterson 0 (2m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
41.3
Peterson to Morton, no run

tight bowling so far this over ... I sense there may be some flutters to come

41.2
Peterson to Morton, no run

nice flight and loop, pushed back down the track

41.1
1
Peterson to Gayle, 1 run

turned phlegmatically into the gap on the leg-side. Gayle wants to finish this himself

end of over 412 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 243/3CRR: 5.92 • RRR: 1.78 • Need 16 from 54b
Runako Morton0 (2)
Chris Gayle122 (128)
Graeme Smith9-0-34-1
Robin Peterson5-0-28-0

Peterson to continue

40.6
Smith to Morton, no run

turned to midwicket, to end a very useful over. Too little too late? Probably ...

Best performances - batsmen
Chris Gayle portrait
CH Gayle
133 runs (135)
17 fours
3 sixes
Control84%
Productive shot
leg glance
39 runs
5 fours
0 sixes
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Herschelle Gibbs
HH Gibbs
77 runs (90)
4 fours
1 six
Control85%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
30 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
72531822137
Best performances - bowlers
Jerome Taylor
JE Taylor
O
10
M
1
R
48
W
2
ECO
4.8
Marlon Samuels
MN Samuels
O
9
M
0
R
44
W
2
ECO
4.89
Match details
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
TossSouth Africa, elected to bat first
SeriesICC Champions TrophyWest Indies tour of India
Season2006/07
Player Of The Match
Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle
Series resultWest Indies advanced
Match numberODI no. 2442
Hours of play (local time)14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00 Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15
Match days2 November 2006 - daynight match (50-over match)
Umpires
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Aleem Dar
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Simon Taufel
TV Umpire
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Daryl Harper
Reserve Umpire
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Amiesh Saheba
Match Referee
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Jeff Crowe