GET him out, please, was what Faf du Plessis told the unfortunates who had to bowl to Chris Gayle in the first T20 between South Africa and the West Indies at Newlands on Friday. At the Wanderers yesterday, Denesh Ramdin would have said something similar to his players – about Du Plessis.
By the end of a mad few hours, that invocation would have gone back and forth a few times before the Windies mounted a world record chase to win by four wickets with four balls to spare.
Du Plessis’s 119 launched the home side to a total of 231/7, but the visitors blasted a reply of 236/6 to win the series with a game in hand.
Gayle blazed 90 before being smartly caught behind by a diving Morne van Wyk off a slower ball from David Wiese. Gayle faced 41 balls and drilled nine fours and seven sixes.
With that, a game that had been going the West Indies’ way veered back towards the home side.ter formats at 47 – a performance that would have stuck out more for its pugnacity were it not for Du Plessis’ masterclass.
– Telford Vice
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