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Chris Gayle blasted 90 off 41 balls as the West Indies achieved a world record run chase in the second Twenty20 international on Sunday to beat South Africa by four wickets.
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis hit a 46-ball century in his team’s total of 231 for seven — their second highest total in the shortest form of the game.
But it was overhauled with four balls to spare on a record-breaking day at the Wanderers with West Indies captain Darren Sammy finishing the match with a six to take his team to 236 for six.
Man of the match Gayle was again the star for the West Indies as he shared a second wicket stand of 152 off 75 balls with Marlon Samuels, who made 60.
“Cricket was the winner today,” said Sammy. “We were dominated in the Tests but we have different energy in this series.”
It was astonishing batting by both teams in ideal conditions on a field where the world record 50-overs run chase was achieved by South Africa when they scored 438 for nine against Australia in 2005/06.
The previous T20 record chase was 211 for four by India against Sri Lanka in Mohali in 2009/10.
Du Plessis said his South African record score of 119 off 56 balls was “bittersweet”.
He added: “I said at half-time that this game is very far from finished. Nothing is out of reach. Chris played so well up front, it is very hard to contain him.”
West Indies coach Stuart Williams said his side were determined to clinch the T20 series to make up for the 2-0 loss in the preceding Tests.
“The guys were hurting,” said Williams. “Chris was brilliant today and Marlon kept the momentum going, but it was a total team effort, everyone had a role to play.”
“It’s a good pitch to chase on, we backed ourselves to get the runs. It’s great for us and West Indies cricket.”
The tempo of the match was set when Du Plessis and David Miller (47) put on 103 off 49 balls for South Africa’s third wicket.
Du Plessis hit five sixes and 11 fours, while Miller’s three sixes and four fours off 26 balls included arguably the biggest hit seen at the ground, a mighty blow over long-on which cleared a four-tier grandstand and sailed into an adjacent golf course.
The West Indies replied with even more brutality at the start of their innings.
They raced to 86 for one in the six-over power play, with Gayle and Samuels posting a fifty partnership off 21 balls.
Gayle, who hit a 17-ball half-century in the first match in Cape Town on Friday, was only marginally slower on Sunday, reaching the mark off 20 deliveries with three sixes and seven fours.
The carnage continued, with Gayle bludgeoning the bowling, while Samuels managed to play with more classical control despite scoring his 60 off 39 balls with seven fours and two sixes.
South Africa were still in with a chance when medium-pacer David Wiese had Gayle caught behind in the 14th over and followed up with the wickets of Samuels and Kieron Pollard, both caught at long-on, in his next over.
At that stage the West Indies still needed 47 off 25 balls.
Two more wickets fell but Sammy clinched the win by hitting an unbeaten 20 off seven balls, finishing the match by slamming Marchant de Lange into the crowd beyond midwicket.
South African opening bowler Kyle Abbott conceded a world record 68 in his four overs.
The previous highest was 64 by Jimmy Anderson of England and Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka.
Faf du Plessis blasted the second fastest century in Twenty20 internationals but it was not enough for South Africa as West Indies produced a record chase in a run-fest to win by four wickets at The Wanderers on Sunday.
The tourists were set 232 for victory and passed that mark with four balls remaining as Chris Gayle bludgeoned 90 from 41 balls to set up their series-clinching win.
It is the highest successful run chase in Twenty20 international cricket, beating India's 211 against Sri Lanka in 2009, with 467 runs scored in under 40 overs.
Du Plessis smashed 119 from 56 balls with 11 fours and five sixes to record the highest score by a South African in the shortest format of international cricket, taking his side to 231 for seven in their 20 overs.
He missed the record for the fastest hundred in Twenty20 cricket by a single ball as he took 46 to reach his ton, one more than compatriot Richard Levi against New Zealand in 2012.
The visitors were well on course for the win as Gayle punished the helpless home bowling along with Marlon Samuels (60 from 39 balls) as the pair took the score to 171 for one before the former was out in the 14th over.
That sent the jitters through the West Indies dugout as they lost four quick wickets, but Darren Sammy clubbed 20 from seven balls to carry the tourists to victory as they finished on 236 for six from 19.2 overs.
The visitors have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, with the final contest to be played in Durban on Wednesday.
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