It was a historic game of T20 cricket at the SuperSport Park on Sunday. More than 500 runs were scored in just 40 overs in the game between South Africa and West Indies. The visitors scored 258 runs in the first innings and the hosts managed to chase it. Hence, this triggered a lot of reactions on social media. On that note, here, we take a look at how Twitter reacted as South Africa chase a score of 259 against West Indies in a T20I game.
South Africa chase a score of 259 against West Indies in a T20I game
West Indies did well to win the first T20I. They continued the momentum with a splendid batting performance in the first innings. Thanks to a historic century by Johnson Charles, the two-time T20 World Cup winners were able to post 258 runs in 20 overs. This is the highest score for the squad in the history of T20Is. Kyle Mayers and Romario Shepherd also helped West Indies in this regard.
Chasing this mammoth score, many would have already counted South Africa out. However, the scene was different at the SuperSport Park. Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks were in top form as they scored 100 runs within the powerplay. This broke many records in the process. The southpaw finished his spectacular knock of 100 runs in just 44 balls. Reeza also helped the case with a fine 68-run knock, which came in just 28 balls.
West Indies did make a comeback with some timely wickets. However, that was not enough as the likes of Aiden Markram helped the hosts get to the target.
Twitter reacts to the brilliant game
It is not every day that a team chases a score in excess of 200. However, on Sunday, we saw the Proteas chasing a score of above 250. Therefore, Twitter was brimmed with a lot of reactions. Here is a look at some of them:
South Africa and West Indies play the first ever T20I match with 500+ runs being scored.Advertisement
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) March 26, 2023
South Africa vs West Indies.. What a wonderful match.. weekend bonanza…Advertisement
— Deepak (@kaphybreak) March 26, 2023
Highest ever T20 chase by South Africa against West Indies today at the Centurion!
258 chased down within 19 overs!!!Advertisement
— Syed Mohammad Hussain (@SMHussain_) March 26, 2023
Only West Indies can lose a T20 match when we make 258, what a crazy chase by South Africa! 😭😭😭 #SAvWIAdvertisement
— Kevin 🇬🇾 (@kevinlokenath) March 26, 2023
South Africa and their habit of chasing highest totals
434 Against Australia : 12/3/2006
258 Against West Indies : 26/3/2023#SAvWI #DeCock #WIvsRSA pic.twitter.com/LC7y8hfGcbAdvertisement
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddalvuhra) March 26, 2023
T20 love it or hate it. Brilliant match between South Africa and West Indies 🏏Advertisement
— James (@Surreycricfan) March 26, 2023
South Africa records the highest successful run-chase in men's T20Is at Centurion. A 259-run chase against West Indies in 18.5 overs!Advertisement
They also break the record for the highest match aggregate in a T20 match.
— Lalith Kalidas (@lal__kal) March 26, 2023