WI reached 258 thanks to Charles’ 39-ball century, but the hosts won with seven balls to spare thanks to de Kock’s century.
By six wickets, South Africa 259 for 4 defeated West Indies 258 for 5 (Charles 118, Mayers 51, and Jansen 3 52). (De Kock 100, Hendricks 68, Powell 1 27).
Johnson Charles’ Superb Century Not Enough as West Indies Fall Short in T20I Thriller
South Africa successfully finished the most incredible successful chase in T20Is thanks to Quinton de Kock’s first T20I hundred, which he scored off just 43 deliveries and is tied for sixth quickest in the format. At SuperSport Park, a belter of a ball during the second half of a run-fest led to De Kock’s huge inning.
Five hundred seventeen runs were made overall, 35 sixes, the most in a T20 encounter, the most in a T20 international, and two sixes each less than the most in any T20 game.
As the West Indies recorded their highest total in the T20I format, Johnson Charles hit 11 of those sixes on his way to the equal second-fastest T20I century and the fastest by a West Indian. In the end, it fell short.
Both teams’ bowlers had a difficult day as they battled to get their distances just right. Only Kagiso Rabada allowed at less than ten runs per over, and both teams’ sportsmanship was lacking particularly the West Indies. In contrast to South Africa’s four wides, they delivered ten wides and a no-ball, which may have significantly impacted the outcome.
On Tuesday, the series-deciding game will be held at the Wanderers, about 40 kilometers away.
Charles and Mayers do demolition work.
When Kyle Mayers and Charles joined forces for a power-hitting display that destroyed the home assault, Brandon King’s early departure became a mere footnote. As Charles pounded the offside and Sisanda Magala’s first over went for 21 runs with the help of a ruthless Mayers, the opening over from Marco Jansen cost 20 runs. He struck the largest six of the session when he sent Sisanda Magala 114 meters over midwicket. The ball also traveled over the roofs of the hospitality suites and into the practice nets. Mayers came next with a 24-ball fifty and reached his milestone against Tabraiz Shamsi. Charles had already got his fifty off 23 balls when he struck Shamsi over square leg.
West Indies got off to their quickest start in a T20I when they were 62 for one after the powerplay and 137 for one after the first ten overs. When Mayers mishandled a pull-off Jansen to start the 11th over, the openers were split up, but by that point, In T20I cricket, they had matched the third-highest partnership for the West Indies. All of them have come against South Africa and amassed 135 runs in 58 balls at a rate of just under 14 runs per over.
The Slaughter Keeps Going.
When Jansen dismissed Mayers and Nicholas Pooran, Charles was still 18 runs short of his century, but he was unfazed. He struck a full delivery from Magala over point for four runs before sending Kagiso Rabada for six runs over square leg and reaching his century with a drive over extra cover. When Charles reintroduced Jansen, he hit him for sixes over the different body and long off and four through the fine leg before bowling him with a yorker that appeared to be held out but dripped onto his stumps. When Charles was bowled, West Indies still had six overs to play. Charles made 73 of his 118 runs on the leg side, including eight of his eleven sixes.
SA and De Kock set milestones.
De Kock reacted precisely how South Africa would have liked, and there is arguably no finer batter to start a record pursuit. After hitting three consecutive sixes off Sheldon Cottrell in an over that cost 29 runs, he began with two successive fours off Akeal Hosein. When De Kock attempted to reverse-sweep Hosein and gained a slight advantage, he was dropped on 32. Nicholas Pooran could not hang on, and De Kock went on to punish West Indies. De Kock struck Hosein back over his head for six and then back-to-back fours in that over, helping South Africa match the fastest fifty by a Full Member side in T20Is.
Then, in just 15 deliveries, De Kock scored South Africa’s quickest T20I fifty. In the process, South Africa set new records for the fastest hundred in T20Is and the most runs scored by a Full Member side in a powerplay (102). They made 149 runs in the first ten overs of a men’s T20I, the fourth-highest partnership for South Africa in history, and the 152 runs between de Kock and Reeza Hendricks. With a single in the 11th inning, De Kock reached his century.
Hendricks assists on his own
It would be unjust to characterize Hendricks’ contribution as simply a supporting act given the first-wicket stand’s 46 runs off 21 deliveries. He soon had the opportunity to take the lead. Hendricks sent Odean Smith over extra cover to hit his first six after de Kock was dismissed, bringing up his half-century in 22 deliveries. He had five fifty-plus scores in his previous seven T20I games, and he was determined to keep up the pace in the future. Before being caught behind on a slower bouncer, He made 16 runs off the following five innings. Deliveries he encountered, including a scoop for six off Powell. South Africa still required 66 runs off 44 deliveries at that point.
Klaasen and Markram take it home.
After seeing Hendricks’ back, West Indies slightly slowed things down. Between the 14th and 16th centuries, there were only two borders. Overs and David Miller was caught on the distant boundary before Aiden Markram, and Heinrich Klaasen combined to end the game. When Markram scored 17 runs off his fourth over, including a six-over long-on, he completely obliterated Raymon Reifer’s statistics. Klaasen then hit back-to-back fours off Jason Holder to reduce the asking rate to less than a run per ball. South Africa prevailed after seven passes.