Faf du Plessis’s smashed eleven fours and five sixes on his way to producing 119 off 56 balls as South Africa posted a formidable 231 for seven in the second T20 match in the series against West Indies.
This was the second fastest century in Twenty20 internationals and the highest score by a South African. He missed the record for the fastest hundred in Twenty20 cricket by a single ball as he took 46 to reach his ton, one more than compatriot Richard Levi against New Zealand in 2012.
South Africa looked to be in the driver’s seat until Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels combined for a record 152-run second-wicket stand as the West Indies reached 236 for six with four balls of their innings remaining. The win also assured the tourists of a 2-0 series victory with one match still to be played.
Du Plessis paid tribute to Gayle’s match-winning abilities when he said, that they knew that if they could get Chris Gale out they would have a sniff. But when Chris Gayle plays like that he takes the game away from the opposition, ”it is just so difficult to contain him.”
West Indies captain Darren Sammy said that they had impressed on their team that the match was far from over at the halfway stage despite South Africa posting 231. Their game plan was to break SA’s 231 down. Two guys had to get 50, striking at 190, with the rest chipping in.
SOUTH AFRICA : Morne van Wyk (wk), Rilee Rossouw, Faf du Plessis (capt), Justin Ontong, Farhaan Behardien, David Miller, David Wiese, Kyle Abbott, Marchant de Lange, Aaron Phangiso, Imran Tahir.
WEST INDIES: Dwayne Smith, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Darren Sammy (capt), Jason Holder, Sulieman Benn, Sheldon Cottrell.