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by John Pennington Friday 9 January 2015
West Indies 168-6 (Gayle 77) beatSouth Africa 165-4 (Rossouw 51no) by four wicketsFirst Twenty20 International, Cape TownScorecard
The West Indies began the limited overs leg of their tour of South Africa successfully as they beat their hosts by four wickets in the first Twenty20 International in Cape Town.
Chris Gayle struck 77 in just 31 balls and Marlon Samuels 41 in 32 as the West Indies chased down a target of 166 in 19.2 overs.
Rilee Rossouw had earlier top scored for the Proteas with an unbeaten 51 in 40 balls as they posted 165 for four.
Faf du Plessis cracked 38 in 20 balls but fell to Andre Russell just when he looked to accelerate further in the 10th over.
Openers Reeza Hendricks (12) and Morne van Wyk (17) had been dismissed by Sheldon Cottrell and Jason Holder but Rossouw, with support from David Miller (24) and Farhaan Behardien (18 not out) steered South Africa to a competitive score.
Cottrell returned two for 33, Holder one for 20 and Andre Russell one for 43.
The West Indies dropped a couple of chances but quickly made amends with the bat.
Gayle blasted five fours and eight sixes as he put on 78 with Dwayne Smith (20) for the first wicket and fell in the 11th over with the score on 114.
After Gayle smashed a 17-ball half-century, Marlon Samuels then took over, hitting five fours and a six to take his side to the brink of victory.
And although Dwayne Bravo (8), Andre Russell (6) and Denesh Ramdin (2) fell cheaply, the tourists got over the line with four balls to spare thanks to Kieron Pollard's unbeaten eight in nine balls.
Imran Tahir took three for 28, Wayne Parnell two for 39 and David Wiese one for 20 for South Africa, who will aim to hit back in the second game on Sunday 11th January in Johannesburg.
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