Gayle century for West Indies but South Africa win

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JOHANNESBURG, Sep 11 (Reuters) Chris Gayle scored the first century in Twenty20 international cricket but it was not enough to give the West Indies victory as South Africa won the opening match of the Twenty20 World Cup by eight wickets today.

Gayle slammed 117 off just 57 balls, with a record 10 sixes, as the West Indies posted a challenging 205 for six after being sent in to bat in the Group A match.

But Herschelle Gibbs put on 54 off 37 balls with captain Graeme Smith (28) for the first wicket before he and Justin Kemp guided South Africa to a comfortable victory with 14 balls to spare.

Gibbs batted with a runner but it had no effect on his dazzling strokeplay as he blazed 90 not out off 55 balls, with 14 fours and two sixes, as he and Kemp added 120 in 9.2 overs.

Reuters TB VP0135

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