West Indies beat South Africa in record Twenty20 run chase
West Indies completed the highest run chase in Twenty20 history as they beat South Africa by four wickets in a thrilling game in Johannesburg. Skipper Faf du Plessis’s 119 from 56 balls helped the hosts to 231-7, the fourth highest T20 international score.
Chris Gayle led the reply with 90 from 41 balls, smashing seven sixes and adding 152 with Marlon Samuels (60).
Gayle departed with 61 needed from 38 balls but skipper Darren Sammy saw the Windies home with four balls to spare. Victory gave West Indies an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, with the final game in Durban on Wednesday. Gayle’s powerful hitting took the tourists to 86-1 after the six-over powerplay after Sammy won the toss. The left-hander also moved level with New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum’s record of 87 sixes in T20 internationals.