JAIPUR: Shivnarine Chanderpaul was the object of envy at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium. He enjoyed vantage viewing of Chris Gayle's exhilarating performance in the middle that put South Africa out of the Champions Trophy following West Indies's six-wicket win on Thursday.
It should be hardly surprising if the Australians have nightmares ahead of the final at Mumbai on Sunday. The menacing form that marked Gayle's innings would give sleepless nights to the best of bowlers, as the South Africans discovered on an eventful day of intense cricket.
Gayle's lazy elegance (133, 135b, 17 x 4, 4 x 6) lit up the night as he pounded South Africa with some astounding strokes.
Gibbs's half century and purposeful knocks by A.B. de Villiers and Loots Bosman allowed South Africa to reach a respectable score after Smith elected to bat against the popular notion of chasing under the lights.