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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 September 2007, 08:11 GMT 09:11 UK
World Twenty20 - day one photos

Fireworks at the Wanderers cricket ground in Johannesburg

Fireworks and drummers mark the opening ceremony at the first match of the ICC's inaugural World Twenty20 tournament

Dancers at the Wanderers ground in Johannesburg

Dancers also grace the Wanderers ground in Johannesburg as hosts South Africa prepare to take on West Indies

Graeme Smith and Ramnaresh Sarwan

South Africa captain Graeme Smith wins the toss and puts West Indies in to bat in front of an excited crowd

Chris Gayle hits out at the start of the South Africa innings

Chris Gayle gets the competition off to a blistering start as he hoists South Africa's seam attack for a series of massive sixes

South Africa captain Graeme Smith and Morne Morkel (left)

Gayle continues his onslaught and reaches a rapid-fire 50 to put Graeme Smith firmly on the back foot as darkness falls

Chris Gayle hits out against South Africa

Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Smith depart but Gayle storms on regardless and smashes 10 sixes on the way to his century

Chris Gayle celebrates his century against South Africa

Gayle's 117 from 57 balls is the first ton in international Twenty20 but he finally falls in the 17th over at 178-3

Graeme Smith celebrates with Johan van der Wath as Shivnarine Chanderpaul departs

South Africa apply the brakes and take wickets after Gayle's departure but West Indies reach 205-6 after their 20 overs

Graeme Smith and Herschelle Gibbs at the start of South Africa's innings

Smith receives a nasty blow on the hand from Daren Powell on the first ball of South Africa's innings but soldiers on

Herschelle Gibbs

Herschelle Gibbs keeps swinging freely, while Smith struggles on but finally holes out to Gayle after a brave 28

A despondent Dwayne Bravo

AB de Villiers departs for 16 in the ninth over but loose bowling and dropped catches keep South Africa in the hunt

Kemp fends off a delivery

Justin Kemp joins Gibbs in the middle and the pair bludgeon 100 runs off less than eight overs to put the hosts in charge

Gibbs hits some of his 90 runs

Gibbs finishes on 90 not out as he hits the runs that complete an eight-wicket win for South Africa during the 18th over


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