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Twenty20 World Cup : South Africa vs West Indies Match Review

Written by Commoner on September 12th, 2007   (271 views)

Braveheart Chris Gayle is the man who is the first and last hope for Caribbean kings in the Twenty20 world cup. The inaugural match of Twenty20 world cup, was the true manifesto of the brand new format of the cricket game. White leather being smashed all over the ground, flood of fours, sixes galore, bowlers dipped in miser, desperation and depression, crowd on fire, media electrified, colors flying everywhere, and adrenaline pumping in every body.

New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg boasted one of the most exciting games every played in the history of the game. It was full of energy, power, passion, thrill, and fire. Chris Gayle in the Group A match, created a chic heap of records; first century of Twenty20 game, first century of Twenty20 world cup, highest score in the Twenty20, most number of sixes in Twenty20 innings (10), biggest first wicket partnership (145).

Chris Gayle came with on to the pitch with license to kill and killing was what he did with relishing impunity. With the staggering strike rate of 206, Chris H. Gayle, made 117 runs on just 57 balls. His stunning innings included seven boundaries and ten great grand sixes. Though he wasn’t in best of his form after getting couple of times on knee in training sessions, he didn’t let it show and stood and delivered wit gusto. Where his scintillating innings was a treat to watch, rest of the Windies players were just a severe disappointment.

Co-mate of Gayle Smith showed some intent mainly due to the inspiration from the cool dude Gayle and struck 35 runs on 34 balls with 3 fours and no six. Then rest of the story is pitch black and house of cards comes to the mind. Samuels, Smith, Ramdin even didn’t manage to reach double figures.

The old legs of Chanderpaul also didn’t really fathom the essence of the game. Skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan was also a huge disappointment. Despite the failure of West Indian batting, only due to the blistering masterpiece of Chris Gayle, West Indies posted a redoubtable target of 206 for the Protean team.

Whenever South Africa gets a hefty target to achieve, people start remembering their world class chase of 436 by Australia. In to that exclusive list, this chase has also been added. South African captain set the tempo by setting a commendable courageous gesture. He carried on with his innings even after he got a nasty blow on his wrist in the very first over, but despite of lots of pain and numbness he got on with his play. This set his team players on fire. Gibbs did what he is famous for; he sucked the life out of Windies veins by his stupendous shots. West Indies lost the match, but it wasn’t a surprise, as their bowling and fielding was most miserable and disgusting.

Their bowling was devoid of any swing or intelligence. Block hole deliveries, yorkers, windy swing, and slow balls were badly missing, and there was no attempt at fierce fighting. Gibbs and Kemp took full advantage of it and displayed a rockingly outstanding performance with the background music and dance. Gibbs remained unbeaten on 90 from just 55 balls with 2 magic sixes and 14 brilliant boundaries. He was well supported by a brisk 46 by Kemp and agile 16 by AB de Villiers.

The momentum has been set for this twenty20 world cup, and it’s sure that it would be a killer tournament.

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