length on the stumps, Pollard whacks it into the leg side, finds the straight midwicket rope and that's the game
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
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.
So it does need Sammy to finish it off. Well he's off strike so probably not...
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
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...
bumper, pretty sharp and well ducked
length again, just outside off, angled down to third man
length at the stumps, tucked out to deep square
short again, this is uppercut to third man's left
short ball, tried to be pulled but missed, well outside off
length just outside off, tried to be late cut and missed
Slip goes in for Abbott...
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
shortish again, rode down the leg side for a single to long leg
back of a length, defended dropping it down on the popping crease
One hit will do it now...
slapped down to long-on who's now back on the fence
length on the stumps, batsman clears the front leg and hammers it just past mid-on, unkind bounce didn't help
length ball just outside off, knocked into the covers
Decent from Tahir, no support from anywhere else...
fuller, pressed down to long-on
covering up in front of off stump, knocks this back to the bowler
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
slow leggie just tapped back to the bowler from off stump
back on the stumps to a slider that's nudged through midwicket
down the wicket to a googly which beats the inside edge and strikes the pad, outside the line for lbw
Tahir back, can South Africa take another with them here...