Chris Gayle hammered a 31 ball 77 in the first Twenty20 International © Getty Images
Chris Gayle hammered a 31 ball 77 in the first Twenty20 International © Getty Images

Jan 11, 2015:

South Africa and West Indies shift base to the Highveld with the second Twenty20 International at Johannesburg.  South Africa will be keen to turn the tables after being struck by the Gayle storm in the first match at Cape Town. The young South African pace attack had no answers to Chris Gayle’s usual belligerent approach. Whatever they dished out found the fence, either along the ground or over it. There was almost  a sense of predictability bordering on monotony about the innings.

Also South Africa’s archaic approach to batting will have to be addressed if they are too challenge this dynamic West Indies t20I outfit specially if the Proteas bat first again. Imran Tahir was the only successful bowler for the South Africans, who in fact dismissed Gayle but it was too little too late.

The hosts may want to inject some genuine pace into their bowling arsenal by including Marchant de Lange.  He will bring the x-factor that the South Africans are in dire need off in the absence of players such as AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn. The batting order may need a reshuffle. West Indies seem to have most bases covered in the shortest form of the game and will go into the second match at Johannesburg as overwhelming favourites.

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