Chris Gayle was the man of the match in the first T20I © Getty Images (File Photo)
Chris Gayle was the man of the match in the first T20I as well © Getty Images (File Photo)

Jan 11, 2015

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West Indies managed the unthinkable by chasing down 232 with four balls to spare. They won by four wickets and completed what was the highest run chase in Twenty20 Internationals. Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels set it up with a partnership of 154 from just 73 balls. Gayle was finally dismissed for 90 but by then West Indies had reduced the equation to what is the norm in T20s. Samuels himself was snapped by David Wiese who kept South Africa in the game despite the colossal assault by Gayle and Samuels. But the depth of West Indies power hitting came to the fore as they chased down the target with ease with, helped by useful cameos by Andre Russel, Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy who finished things off in style with a seven ball unbeaten 20. Faf du Plessis’ hundred goes in vain.

Man of the Match: Chris Gayle. “To be honest, I’m so glad we actually won the series…this morning I woke up and saw the World Cup squad, and there was no [Kieron] Pollard and no [Dwayne] Bravo. It really hurts deeply inside, and that’s the reason I actually wanted to win the series. We have the best team here, and to see those two guys excluded is sad for West Indies cricket. If you really believe in our ability, those two guys should be in West Indies cricket, both in South Africa for the 50-over tournament, and in the World Cup squad,” said Gayle at the post-match presentation. The big man clearly wasn’t in favour of what the West Indies selectors have deemed their best team.

West Indies have gone absolutely ballistic in the powerplay overs. They are in fact 17 ahead of where South Africa were at the same stage. West Indies concluded the powerplay at 86 for one with Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels matching each other shot for shot. The pair have added 63 runs off a mere 25 balls. The West Indies innings has already featured four massive sixes and as many as 14 boundaries. They are in the contest with both Gayle and Samuels hitting the ball like a dream. Its strange to see the South African bowlers under so much pressure even with the cushion of 231 runs. that’s the fear Gayle has managed to instill.

South Africa have set West Indies a mammoth 232 to win the second Twenty20 International at Johannesburg. The ball tends to fly in the Highveld and it lived up to that reputation to say the least. Faf du Plessis played the innings of his life, a breathtaking 119 off 56 balls. He was dismissed only in the 19th over of their innings. He was helped along the way by David Miller who scored a quick fire 47. The duo added 105 runs for the third wicket. The South African innings featured as many as 12 massive sixes.

South Africa are on the charge. A massive 69 runs came off the powerplay overs. South Africa lost a couple of early wickets. Morne van Wyk was dismissed as early as in the first over. Rilee Rossouw who was promoted to open played a little cameo before edging one to Denesh Ramdin as Jason Holder struck in his first over. Since then its been the Faf du plessis shgow. He has carted the bowlers all over the park. The West Indies have consistently missed their lengths and consistently paid dearly for their mistakes. The pair of du plessis and David Miller have added 48 for the third wicket in quick time.

West Indies have won the toss and expectedly opted to bowl in the second Twenty20 International at Johannesburg. West Indies have made a solitary change to the eleven that won the first match at Cape Town drafting in Sulieman Benn for Ashley Nurse, whereas South Africa have made as many as three changes to their line up with Reeza Hendricks, Wayne Parnell and Ragiso Rabada making way for Justin Ontong, Marchant de Lange and Aaron Phangiso. Its do or die for South Africa.


They can do it in singles now as Ramdin nudges the first ball to third man for one. BANG, SIX! West Indies storm home in emphatic fashion and unbelievably chase down 232 with four balls to spare. Sammy finishes it. Their batting fire power comes to the fore. Incredible run chase. The bowlers were made to look utterly insignificant.


Kyle Abbott to bowl the 19th. Ramdin on strike. WIDE, Disastrous start. FOUR! it gets worse, five runs of one ball. Single. FOUR! That should do it for the West Indies. Through extra cover. Great shot. FOUR! into single digits now, Sammy’s finishing it off in a hurry. A couple. Just five required in five balls. Top effort. Will be the highest successful run chase in a T20I. Another brace to Sammy. Just three required off the final over. West Indies are on their way to a memorable win.


Single. Dot ball. Aaron Phangiso doing well under pressure. SIX! Bravo deposits another one into the stands. WICKET! What a come back. Bravo goes. Denesh Ramdin joins Darren Sammy. Single. Single. nine runs and a crucial wicket of that over.
OUT! Dwayne Bravo 10 (5) C Ontong B Phangiso


Two runs of the first ball. SIX! Timely blow by Andre Russel. FOUR! West Indies keep going hard. OUT! Abbott strikes. Russel goes back to the hut. Dot ball. FOUR! Bravo finishes off the over well. 200 up for West Indies.
OUT! Andre Russel 14 (6) C Miller B Abbott



WICKET! David Wiese is turning the game on its head, he now gets rid of a well set Marlon Samuels for 60. Untimely wickets are allowing South Africa back into the game. Andre Russel joins Pollard. Single to pollard. Single to Russel to get off the mark. FOUR! WIDE.WICKET! Wiese gets another one. Pollard goes. Single. Eight of the over and two massive wickets. david Wiese’s the man for South africa and he has swung the balance of the match in their favour.
OUT! Kieron Pollard 7 (5) C Behardien B Wiese



A couple to start the 15th over for Samuels. Dot ball. Single. Dot ball. Single. Dot. Brilliant over from Imran Tahir. Just five of it. 54 runs needed of 30 balls with eight wickets in tact. West Indies’ game to lose from here.



David Wiese into the attack. Four! Dot ball. Single to Samuels. OUT! Against the run of play. Gayle goes for 90. Is that the opening South Africa required? Brilliant innings nonetheless. Pollard off the mark with a single down the ground. The onus is on Samuels to bat through. Single. Eith of the over and the massive wicket of Gayle who has put West Indies in command. He and Samuels added 154 for the second wicket off just 73 balls.
OUT! Chris Gayle 90 (41) C van Wyk B Wiese


FOUR byes! South Africa are beginning to wilt under the Gayle- Samuels assault. Helped to fine leg for a brace. Dot ball. Single. Single ton Samuels, excellent fifty, complemented Gayle beautifully. Loud appeal for caught behind, umpire shakes his head. Good over in the context though. Just eight of it.



FOUR! This match hasn’t ceased to amaze. single. Samuels moves on to 49. FOUR! through cover this time, immaculate placement from Gayle. Dot ball. Single to square leg. Dot ball.75 from 48 balls required.


Four! FOUR! Two in two to begin the 11th over. Samuels is not allowing South Africa any breathing space whatsoever . Single. Single. Single. SIX! Full Toss hammered down the ground! Another over in the match goes for 17 runs.


West indies had gone past a 100 in just 9 overs. The partnership between Gayle and Samuels at the end of the 9th over was exactly a 100 in 43 balls. Single. Single. Single. This is getting boring. SIX! Gayle Lifts Imran Tahir over long off with consummate ease. Single. Single. West Indies require just 102 in 60 balls. This amazing power hitting.


SIX! Marlon Samuels springs into action. FOUR! past fine short fine leg, sloppy fielding. Couple over short third man. Dot ball. BANG another boundary, a half tracker at medium pace, dealth with severely by Samuels who deposits it into the Mid-Wicket fence. Dot ball to finish. 16 of the final powerplay over. West Indies are 17 ahead of where South Africa were at the same stage.


Marchant de Lange begins well with a rare dot.good yorker. FOUR! FOUR! back to back boundaries to Gayle. Dot ball. Slower ball, misdirected, called wide. SIX! Half tracker dealt with appropriately, over mid wicket for a gigantic six. Dot ball. 15 of that over.


David Wiese into the attack. Greeted with a boundary by Marlon Samuels. WIDE. South Africa under pressure even with 231 on the board. Gayle has instilled that fear. Dot ball, Wiese breathes a sigh of relief. Another dot ball, Wiese’s on a role. Dot. Dot. SIX! The happiness for Wiese was short lived, lasted four balls.


Abbott to Gayle, dot ball. Full toss and four through mid off second ball. He didn’t get all of that but it still traveled to the fence. Another four, through mid off again. FOUR! That’s three back to back boundaries. Gayle keeps going. Another full toss, hit wide of mid off again. FOUR! Four balls four boundaries, we are being thoroughly entertained. SIX! Ends the over brilliantly. 22 runs from that over and West Indies are right on track here. cant they manage the unthinkable and chase down 232? If Gayle clicks for a length of time they are certainly in the contest.


Marchant de Lange to share the new ball. Gayle off the mark with an Anticlimactic single. Single to Smith. Single to Gayle. FOUR! OUT! De lange’s extra pace works. Smith goes LBW for 17. Wide first ball to Marlon Samuels. Off the mark with a brace to end the second over.
OUT! Dwayne Smith 17 (9) LBW de Lange


Kyle Abbott to start proceedings for South Africa, Dwayne Smith to face. FOUR! nice shape on the ball, Smith went hard at it and got a thick outside edge, four over point first ball. Dot. FOUR! Another FOUR, edged where slip would have been. West Indies have begun well. Dot ball. Drifts on to the pads but gets away, dot ball to conclude the first over.











David Wiese into actin straight away, another colossal blow, six first ball. WICKET! Wiese’s innings lasts just two balls but he did his job. Dot ball. single. A couple to long off as Kyle Abbott gets off the mark. Last ball coming up. Misses, Umpire goes upstairs, irrespective of this pending decision South Africa have put up an outstanding total. OUT! Abbot run out off the last ball. South Africa finish with a massive 231. Nine runs off the last over. This will Test the might of the West Indies.
OUT! Kyle Abbot 2 (2) run out Ramdin


Yorker wide of off, dot ball. Drilled to long on for a single by Behardien. Single down to long on. Good fielding saves a few runs, only another single. Just three runs off four balls in the 19th over. CLOBBERED for six more over deep-midwicket, full toss on leg stump, sails into the crowd. WICKET! A fantastic hundred comes to an end. Wanderers applauds a gem of a knock that entertained thoroughly. caught at long on for 119. Du plessis has led from the front here.
OUT! Faf du plessis 119 (56)C Bravo B Holder




A rare dot ball to start the 18th over. FOUR! A visibly exhausted du Plessis toying with the bowling. Down on one knee again, over short fine leg for a boundary. Single. Dot ball. Another dot. WIDE. Single to finish. Another good over. Just seven of it.


Jason Holder returns. Single to Behardien. Couple to du Plessis. 200 up in the 17th over. Du plessis is tiring. another two. South Africa march on. Single. Single and another solitary run to conclude the 17th over. Fantastic over in the context. Just seven runs off it.


Sheldon Cottrell into the attack. Couple off the first ball to du Plessis. FOUR! Du Plessis takes a leaf out of the Dilshan book. Down on one knee plays it over short fine leg. FOUR AGAIN! and also a no ball for height. Du Plessis puts it away with consummate ease. Another couple. Du Plessis closing in on a hundred. Another brace for du Plessis. Into the 90’s now. WOW! SIX over cover. Inside out. Shot of the innings and that’s saying something. Works it away to square leg, and its a FOUR! An outstanding century for the South African skipper who is in breathtaking form. The hundred came off 46 balls. Take that Chris Gayle! 25 runs off that over



Kieron Pollard into the attack. Another giant of a man who bowls at 110 KMPH. Single to Behardien, Brace to du Plessis. Another couple. Another couple, du Plessis dealing in two’s, helped by a misfield there. Du Plessis playes it over short fine leg for four. Clever batting. Single to retain the strike.


Single to du Plessis. FOUR! Ontong’s using the crease cleverly, constantly changing the length of the bowler. OUT! Bravo strikes. Ontong top edges to short third man. Single to du Plessis. Behardien to face his first ball. Off the mark first ball with a single to cover. WIDE. Back of a length, a lot of gaps on the leg side allow du Plessis a couple.
OUT! Justin Ontong 19 (12) C Holder B Bravo


Couple to du Plessis to start the 13th over. Wide down the leg side. Drifts on to the pads of du Plessis again, just a single to fine leg though. High Full toss, No ball for height, Ontong flicks it to square leg for four. Single. Chance of a run out, Russel made it possible with his athleticism and quick reflexes, the batsman ran for the shot, reckless running, Russel misses though. SIX! that came after a while. Ontong goes back deep in his crease and puts it away over deep-square leg. Another 17 of that over


Dwayne Bravo back into the attack. Dot ball. Dot ball. Thge wicket seems to have made a little difference but South Africa are miles ahead in the game courtesy an incredible partnership between du Plessis and Miller. Single to Ontong. Single to du Plessis. Only three of the over so far. Slower ball, single to square leg. Another single. Great over from Bravo. Only five runs came of it. the best since the first over of the innings.


Andre Russel to bowl now. But nothing changes. Another boundary. Miller closing in on a half century. Single, bit of an anti climax. The partnership’s 105 from just 50 balls. This is a drastic change from their archaic approach in the previous game. West Indies finally get a breakthrough. Great footwork by Andre Russel. Miller’s gone for a fantastic 47. Perhaps sanity will return to proceedings. Dot ball. Another Dot. Wide. Justin Ontong off the mark with a couple. Good over for West Indies.
OUT! david Miller 47 (26) Run out Russel


Benn back into the attack. Starts with a dot ball. Brace to miller. SIX! its raining sixes. The ball tends to fly in the Highveld. Miller into the 40’s. The batting reshuffle has worked beautifully for South Africa. Single to Miller. SIX! There is no stopping the Protean batsmen. What more faf du Plessis brings up a fifty in 23 balls. Couple to end the over. 17 off it again.


Darren Sammy into the attack. SIX! Colossal blow from David Miller over long on. Miller smoked that. Single to follow. Miller and du plessis matching each other shot for shot. Couple to du Plessis. Single. Single to Miller. 11 of the over so far with one ball to go. SIX! du Plessis just clears long off and South africa bring up their 100 in the ninth over. 17 runs came of this over. Brilliant batting.


Sulieman Benn is back. last powerplay over. Brace to du Plessis. SIX! Faf du Plessis targets the short boundary. Dot. FOUR! Full toss smashed to the fence. FOUR AGAIN! Another full toss hit away. FOUR! 20 runs off that over. South Africa scored at 11.5 runs an over during the powerplay.


Holder continues. Single to Miller. FOUR! Du Plessis is looking good, assisted by a misfield there. Single to du Plessis. FOUR! Miller gets another one away. FOUR! Miller’s on the charge. The West Indies are missing their length consistently. Dot. 14 runs came off that over.


Andre Russel into the attack, starts with a wide. Single to du Plessis, Dot, FOUR! Through point for a boundary to Miller. Dot. Single to Miller. Dot.


Change in bowling, jason Holder into the attack. Wide first ball, single to du Plessis, WICKET! Rossouw’s brief cameo concludes as Holder strikes. Another wide to the new man David Miller. A lot more carry on this pitch. Miller gets of the mark tucking the ball to square leg for a single, Dot ball. FOUR Du Plessis helps a short ball to square leg where there was no protection. Single to retain the strike. Nine runs and a wicket of that over.
OUT! Rilee Rossouw 15 (9) C Ramdin B Holder



Dot, SIX off the bat of Rilee Rossouw, first for the game, Dot, SIX another one! Rossouw’s on fire, Dot, a couple. Massive over for South Africa, 14 runs came off it.


Dot, single to Rilee Rossouw who was promoted up to open, Dot, FOUR off the bat of Morne van Wyk, WICKET Sulieman Benn strikes early for West Indies,
OUT! Morne van Wyk 4(3) C Pollard B Benn



South Africa: Faf du plessis (C), Morne van Wyk (WK), Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, Justin Ontong, Farhaan Behardien, David Wiese, Kyle Abbott, Marchant de Lange, Aaron Phangiso and Imran Tahir

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Marlon samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russel, Denesh Ramdin (WK), Darren Sammy (C), Jason Holder, Sheldon Cottrell and Sulieman Benn


Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the second Twenty20 International (T20I) between South Africa and West Indies at Johannesburg on Sunday. South Africa may have thrashed West Indies 2-0 in the Test series, but the West Indies came back strongly to win the first T20I at Newlands, Cape Town.

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