West Indies complete world record run-chase against South Africa

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The West Indies set a new world record after they successfully chased down 232 runs set by South Africa in the second of the three Twenty20 international series.

After managing to win batting second in the first match, West Indies captain Darren Sammy sent the Proteas in for the first dig after winning the toss.

Sammy would have been pleased with the work of his bowlers early on as openers Rilee Roussow (15) and Morne van Wyk (4) were dismissed within the first three overs by Jason Holder and Sulieman Benn respectively.

However, the Windies attack began to toil soon after and new pair Faf du Plessis and David Miller were hitting boundaries for fun as the two put on 105 for the third wicket, amassing that score off just 49 balls before good work from Andre Russell saw Miller run out just shy of a half-century.

New partners came and went but du Plessis continued his aggressive style, taking the game to the West Indies bowlers and became just the second South African to score a T20 hundred, finishing with 119 runs from just 56 balls.

The host’s captain was visibly exhausted by the time of his dismissal, mainly due to the fact that despite smashing 11 fours and five sixes, Du Plessis’ quick running converted many ones in twos and got South Africa up to a seemingly unreachable 231/7.

However as South Africa and the rest of world cricket is well aware, no target is unreachable when Chris Gayle is at the crease and on form, and the Jamaican opener did not disappoint,

Dwayne Smith did not hang around long, he hit four fours in the first over but was trapped lbw off Marchant de Lange not long later. This brought to the crease in form Marlon Samuels, who despite playing second fiddle to his compatriot, managed to hit some useful shots too.

Gayle secured his 13th T20I fifty and was well on his way to making a second century before nicking a David Wiese delivery straight to the wicketkeeper, the 35-year old departed for 90 off 41 balls.

Much fuss has been made about Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard having been left out of the West Indies' World Cup squad, but given their performances this series it appears the WICB decision may have been merited.

Both Bravo (10) and Pollard (7) as well as Andre Russell (14) fell cheaply and it looked as though the tourists may have undone all the early good work, especially when Samuels departed for 60, bringing two new batsmen to the crease.

Requiring 21 of the final two overs, Sammy, who was originally left out of the World Cup squad before later being recalled, led his side home, scoring 20* off just seven balls, to give his side an unassailable lead heading into the final match in Durban on January 14.

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