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South Africa humiliated West Indies in Twenty20 World Cup opener

Written by Kashif Aziz on September 12th, 2007   (434 views)

The opening match of Twenty20 World Cup 2007 was played between title holders West Indies and hosts South Africa at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. The new indian-ized (Chanderpaul, Sarwan, Ramdin, Rampaul) West Indian outfit was not supposed to make it a thriller but thanks to charged performance by Chris Gayle it looked like they have got a winner in their hands. When Gayle was on the crease it seemed that West Indies can make it to 220+. However, as soon as he departed, others followed suit and at end of 20 overs South Africa got 206 runs to win.

Chris Gayle made his debut Twenty20 hundred. He made 117 runs in 57 balls including 10 sixes and 7 fours. He became the first player in Twenty20 to hit 10 sixes in an innings.

Although the target was very much competing, some bad bowling and sloppy fielding pulled the game away from West Indies. Herschalle Gibbs scored unbeaten 90 on 55 balls.

At end of the day Sarwan and his guys should go through their blunders. If they want to win they have to have some control on their bowling. 28 extras (including 23 wides) is bad for any form of game but a real killer for twenty20. The fielding tonight was very ordinary including dropped catches and mis-fields. West Indian batsmen should realize that its not one person’s game and Chris Gayle is not going to score a century in every match.

South Africa did well however they have to have some variety in the bowling. Old timers like Pollock should not be included in the side.

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