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by Andrew Wood Sunday 11 January 2015
West Indies 236-6 (Gayle 90, Samuels 60) beatSouth Africa 231-7 (du Plessis 119) by four wicketsSecond Twenty20 International, JohannesburgScorecard
The West Indies chased down a target of 232 to win the second Twenty20 International against South Africa in Johannesburg to set a new record and claim the series in the process at The Wanderers.
Faf du Plessis cracked 119 in 56 balls as South Africa posted a score of 231 for seven but he would become the second player to hit a T20I century and end up on the losing side.
Chris Gayle, the only other player to suffer such a fate, hit 90 in 41 balls, Marlon Samuels 60 in 39 and Darren Sammy 20 not out in seven played key roles as the tourists got home with four balls to spare.
No team had ever successfully chased a target more than 208 in a Twenty20 International previous to this match.
Gayle and Samuels added 152 for the second wicket after Dwayne Smith had fallen for 17 in nine balls.
Like Samuels, du Plessis was at the crease early as South African openers Rilee Rossouw (15) and Morne van Wyk (4) fell cheaply and he went on to hit 11 fours and five sixes during his 46-ball century.
David Miller hit 47 in 26 deliveries to add 105 with du Plessis for the third wicket and Justin Ontong added a quickfire 19 in 12 balls as South Africa stormed to an impressive score.
Jason Holder and Dwayne Bravo took a brace of wickets apiece and there was one for Sulieman Benn.
In reply, Smith was trapped in front by Marchant de Lange which brought Gayle and Samuels together and in less than 13 overs of carnage, they put the West Indies in position to launch a victory assault.
Gayle, who made 77 in 31 balls in the first match, hit nine fours and seven sixes and Samuels added seven fours and two sixes.
They fell within nine balls of each other, however, both to David Wiese, who also added the wicket of Kieron Pollard for seven, and the game was back in the balance.
Andre Russell (14) and Bravo (10) departed to Kyle Abbott and Aaron Phangiso to leave the West Indies needing 21 to win from the final two overs.
Sammy was equal to the task, and won the game with a six in the final over off de Lange.
Denesh Ramdin was unbeaten on seven and Abbott ended with the unwanted record of having leaked more runs (68) in a four-over spell than a bowler has ever done in a Twenty20 International before.
Wiese finished with three for 43, Abbott one for 68, de Lange one for 42 and Phangiso one for 33.
The third and final game is in Durban on Wednesday 14th January.
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