Gayle spoils SA party

2015-01-12 00:00

CHRIS Gayle struck a superb 90 as the West Indies clinched a series victory thanks to their four-wicket win over South Africa in the second Twenty20 international at Bidvest Wanderers in Johannesburg yesterday.

South Africa had looked to be in a winning position as Faf du Plessis’s magnificent 119 off 56 balls saw the hosts post a formidable 231-7. But Gayle and Marlon Samuels combined for a record 152-run second-wicket stand as the West Indies reached 236-6 with four balls of their innings remaining.

Gayle faced just 41 balls while striking nine fours and seven sixes while Samuels weighed in with 60 off 39 deliveries as the West Indies pulled off the highest run chase in all T20 senior cricket.

The win also assured the tourists of a 2-0 series victory with one match still to be played.

Gayle was predictably named man of the match for his exploits but he took the opportunity and the post-match presentation to have a swipe at the West Indies selectors for failing to include Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo in their World Cup squad. “I’m so glad to win the series. I wanted to win this so bad. There is always a twist. I woke up this morning and saw the World Cup squad. No Pollard and no Bravo and I felt really, really hurt deep inside and that is the reason why I wanted to win this series,” a visibly upset Gayle said.

“We have the best team here and to see those two guys excluded is sad for West Indies cricket. If they really believe in our ability then those two guys should be in West Indies cricket, in South Africa for the 50-over tournament and the World Cup squad. It’s sad but I’m really glad to win this,” he added.

Gayle was at his irrepressible best during his knock and Du Plessis paid tribute to Gayle’s match-winning abilities. “Chris Gayle up front, you try to get him out but when he plays like that he takes the game away from you and he scores in so many areas it is just so difficult to contain him. We knew that if we could get him out we would have a sniff and we fought back brilliantly to bring the game back in our favour but they had the hitting capability towards the end again.

“To be honest I dint think we landed our execution in the beginning. We tried to get some yorkers in to them but there were quite a few full tosses. It’s difficult to control a yorker with a new ball and if you miss anything he is just going to punish you. You can have game plans against Chris Gayle but he has done it to the best in the world. Our bowlers can’t take it too personally he’s just a quality player,” said Du Plessis.

Du Plessis and his opposite number Darren Sammy both said that they had impressed on their teams that the match was far from over at the halfway stage despite South Africa posting 231.

“I said to then that this game was very far from over. With their batting line-up, like they showed today, nothing is out of their reach. They just keep coming. They have hitters after hitters,” said Du Plessis.

Sammy made the huge run-chase seem like a rather simple affair.

“At halftime the boys were really confident. They said that if they [South Africa] could get 230 then so can we. We just had to break it down. Two guys had to get 50, striking at 190, with the rest chipping in and that is what happened,” he explained.

SCOREBOARD

South Africa innings

R Rossouw c Ramdin b Holder15

M van Wyk c Pollard b Benn4

F du Plessis c Bravo b Holder119

D Miller run out (Russell)47

J Ontong c Holder b Bravo19

F Behardien not out8

D Wiese c Smith b Bravo6

K Abbott run out (Ramdin)2

Extras: (lb2, w7, nb2)11

TOTAL: (for seven wickets, 20 overs)231

Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Van Wyk 0.5 ov), 2-21 (Rossouw 2.2), 3-126 (Miller 10.3), 4-156 (Ontong 13.3), 5-222 (Du Plessis 18.6), 6-228 (Wiese 19.2), 7-231 (Abbott 19.6)

Bowling: Benn 3-0-42-1, Cottrell 3-0-47-0 (1nb), Holder 4-0-40-2 (2w), Russell 4-0-39-0 (1nb, 4w), Bravo 4-0-32-2 (1w), Sammy 1-0-17-0, Pollard 1-0-12-0

West Indies innings

D Smith lbw b De Lange17

C Gayle c Van Wyk b Wiese90

M Samuels c Behardien b Wiese60

K Pollard c Behardien b Wiese7

A Russell c Miller b Abbott14

D Bravo c Ontong b Phangiso10

D Sammy not out20

D Ramdin not out7

Extras: (b4, w7)11

TOTAL: (for six wickets, 19.2 overs)236

Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Smith 1.5ov), 2-171 (Gayle 13.4), 3-178 (Samuels 15.1), 4-185 (Pollard 15.5), 5-198 (Russell 16.4), 6-209 (Bravo 17.4)

Bowling: Abbott 4-0-68-1 (1w), De Lange 3.2-0-42-1 (2w), Wiese 4-0-43-3 (3w), Phangiso 3-0-33-1, Tahir 4-0-29-0 (1w), Ontong 1-0-17-0

Result: West Indies won by four wickets.

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