Gayle propels Windies to record T20 victory
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – West Indies pulled off the highest ever run chase in the history of Twenty20 Internationals to beat South Africa by four wickets with two balls to spare and clinch a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series here Sunday.
In pursuit of the South Africa’s 231 for four which was the fourth highest T20I total ever, West Indies were once again propelled by shotgun opener Chris Gayle who top scored with 90 from 41 balls.
He struck nine fours and seven sixes and put on a record 152 for the second wicket with Marlon Samuels who stroked a classy 60 from a mere 39 balls, with seven fours and two sixes.
When West Indies lost five wickets for 38 runs in another middle order slump, captain Darren Sammy arrived to hit a crucial unbeaten 20 from seven balls, to see his side home.
Fast bowler David Wiese finished with three for 43.
Earlier, captain Faf du Plessis unfurled a superb 119 to guide his team to an imposing total after South Africa were sent in at the Wanderers.
South Africa lost two early wickets but du Plessis combined with David Miller, who struck 47, to put on an up tempo 105 for the third wicket.
Seamers Dwayne Bravo (2-32) and Jason Holder (2-40) finished with two wickets apiece.