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In the 2nd T-20 match against South Africa at Johannesburg, West Indies chased the highest ever total of 231. It was a great performance by the West Indies team who have been struggling in Test Cricket. The team has some great power-hitters like Gayle, Samuels, Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Andre Russell and Darren Sammy who can hit the ball a long way and entertain the crowd with their big hitting.
West Indies won the toss and elected to field. They conceded a lot of runs. Faf Du Plessis scored a brilliant ton to help South Africa reach a more-than-competitive total of 231. When West Indies came out to bat, Chris Gayle was in a murderous mood and smashed 90 off 41 balls. Despite losing wickets in the middle phase of the innings, Darren Sammy hit some crucial boundaries to give West Indies the edge. West Indies won the match with 4 balls to spare.
West Indies have some great hitters which can chase any score. At the top of the order they have Gayle and Dwayne Smith who provide a quick-fire start to the team. After that Samuels, Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell and Darren Sammy keep the pressure going on the opposition bowling. The bowling needs to be on the dot and one cannot set field for such power hitting.
The previous highest chases are Sussex who scored 226/3 in the year 2014. The pitch at Johannesburg was good for batting and with short boundaries it was great to watch such a fantastic T-20 match.
Gayle who has such tremendous power can hit the ball a long way and he did it to Imran Tahir hitting some big sixes. The West Indies team won the T-20 World Cup in 2012 which gave an idea as to how dangerous this team is and with their depth in batting with such power hitters, it is incredibly scary to be the bowling side.
The West Indies players have previously played in the domestic T-20 tournament held in South Africa. They had an idea of the pitches and knew the conditions very well. This team has been a powerhouse in T-20 cricket since many years now and is a team to watch out for in the upcoming World Cup 2015 if Gayle and company fire in the big tournament.